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Magic and the Brain

Neuroscientists join Penn and Teller to explore why humans are so easily fooled by magic tricks.
Publish Date: Topic: Body + BrainBody & Brain

Are the secrets behind the world's greatest magic tricks actually wired into the human brain? Eccentric magicians Penn and Teller and Las Vegas trickster Apollo Robbins team up with neuroscientists to reveal how our brains process visual information. Can you really believe your own eyes?

Further reading
Macknik, Stephen L. and Susana Martinez-Conde with Sandra Blakeslee (2010) Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions , New York: Henry Holt and Co.

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