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SSD Keynote Lecture

SSD Keynote Lecture

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
7:00 PM


  • Kirkhof Center » RM 2250 GRAND RIVER ROOM


Keynote Lecture: Sleights of Mind
7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center


Illusions are perceptual experiences that do not match the physical reality. Our perception of the outside world is generated indirectly by brain mechanisms, so, to some extent, all sensory perception is illusory. Members of the illusion community, which includes everyone from neurologists to magicians, use a variety of methods to unveil the underpinnings of illusory perception.


The insights magicians have gained over centuries of informal experimentation have led to new discoveries in the cognitive sciences. The implications of “neuromagic” go beyond illuminating our behavior. Using their backgrounds in neurology and magic, Macknik and Martinez-Conde will unveil the key connections between magic and the mind.



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