December 28, 2008

Magic and the brain

Interesting article in Scientific American. Magic tricks often work by covert misdirection, drawing the spectator’s attention away from the secret “method” that makes a trick work. Neuroscientists are scrutinizing magic tricks to learn how they can be put to work in experimental studies that probe aspects of consciousness not necessarily grounded in current sensory reality. Brain imaging shows that some regions are particularly active during certain kinds of magic tricks. Read the article.

An interesting demonstration of what the article is about is this video. Have fun watching it.

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