Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions


" his book does n't just promise to change the way you fee about sleight of hand and David Copperfield†” it will also change the way you hink about the mind. " †” Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide and Proust Was A Psychiatrist

Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, the founders of the exciting new discipline of neuromagic, have convinced some of the world 's greatest magicians to allow scientists to study their techniques for tricking the brain. This autobiography is the consequenc of the writer' yearlong, world-wide exploration of magic and how its principles apply to our behavior. Magic tricks fool us because humans have hardwired processes of attention and awareness that are hackable†” a good magician uses your mind 's own intrinsic properties against you in th form of mental jujitsu.

Now magic can reveal how our brains work in everyday situations. For contex, if you 've ever bought an expensive item you 'd sworn you 'd never buy, the salesperson was probably a master at reating the " illusion of choice, " a core technique of magic. The consequence of neuromagic go beyond illuminating our behavior; early research points to new approaches for everything from the iagnosis of autism to marketing techniques and education. Sleights of Mind makes neuroscience fun and accessible by unveiling the key connections between magic and the ind.

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Published November 9th 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published November 2nd 2010

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Wel ofte as understanding how much of he world you do n't see.

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In fairness, there 's a loose pretext which connects to attention or perception usually, and personal parts are n't extensive, usually a few lines or sentences, but they occur very often and are dispersed throughout most sections of the book.Then, there 's a description of the magician ( looks, demeanour, etc).

Subjectivit is indeed an overly complex issue! Then, there 's a description of the magician 's typical act, an interpretatio of how it happened, and unfortunatel the neuroscience behind it.It 's a good structure, but it 's spoiled by two hings.

Another is partly the fault of the magic parts ( many tricks sound boring when you explain them) but usually it 's the neuroscience sections' fault.

It moves on a bit after that, I could rephrase most of the excerpt to the five words " the magician distracts your attention ", without missing too much.Should say, two stars might be too low, it 's interesting essay, but that " what the euroscience of magic reveals about our brains " title plus the authors' stated intentions and background makes me rate this as an educational popular science book.

As a a light book on magic and psychology, I 'd b given three stars.Excerpt.Already neuroscientists have learned that attention refers to th number of different cognitive processes.

Magicians exploit this feature of your brain to maximum effect.As mentioned, humans have capacity for overt and covert attention.

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husband& wife team of authors essentially explain in scientific facts the secrets behind the magic we see everyday.

he most amusin part is that even when we know xactly what we are looking for, we are still fooled.

Because our brains can only focus on one area at th time.

While I understand their need for a disclaimer considering their invcemrnt with overly secretive magicians, the one time was enough.

We, as readers, are mature enough to choose to read this only if we are interested in learning about it all.

Always skeptical& never a believer in true magic, I particularly oved this title for its willingnes to finally out into words; into scientific fact that I was right.

ow that I understand how it plays with our brains, true superpowers in this universe, I kee myself all the more amazed.

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It ha ombination of two interests that I 've had for a ong time, but ave n't really focused on: Magic and neuroscience.My degree is in cognitive science, which is actuall what th book concentrates on.

It 's anothe great view of collaboration between magic and science.I do n't even say that his ook is for everybod.

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