ASURE Special Presentation: “The Science of Magic—The Magic of Science”

The Science of Magic—The Magic of Science

When: Tuesday, September 18, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: The Frangipani Room at the Indiana Memorial Union

Illusions are important tools for understanding how the brain builds our experience of reality. Likewise, the principles developed by magicians and illusionists throughout history can be very useful to manipulate attention and awareness in the laboratory. In this exciting presentation, Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macnik, both neuroscientists and aficionados of magic, will explore how the perceptual and cognitive illusions developed by artists and magicians can be applied to the study of the neural bases of consciousness and perception.

A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Meet the scientists, enjoy delicious snacks, and get to know your fellow ASURE students!

Stephen Macknik is a neuroscientist and professor at the State University of New York. He is best known for his studies on illusions, consciousness, attentional misdirection in stage magic, and cerebral blood flow. Steve and Susana write the “Illusion Chasers” blog for the Scientific American blog network, and work with international science museums, foundations and nonprofit organizations to promote neuroscience education and communication. Steve and Susana’s research has been featured in print in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The LA Chronicle, The Times (London), The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Der Spiegel, etc., and in radio and TV shows, including Discovery Channel's Head Games and Daily Planet shows, NOVA: ScienceNow, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR's Science Friday, and PRI's The World. Stephen Macknik authored the international bestseller “Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About our Everyday Deceptions” (2010) and “Champions of Illusion” (2017) with Susana Martinez-Conde.