The neuroscience of magic

Dec 22, 2010

There’s a lot more to magic than pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Fooling the eye and the brain is an exercise in neuroscience and the techniques used in magic tricks can be hijacked by hucksters for more nefarious purposes. But the study of these same skills also gives us insight into how the brain works and may help us understand autism or improve education. Scientist Stephen L. Macknik magically appears in studio to talk with Larry about his new book, “Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions.”

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