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How magicians exploit the natural functioning of our brains to astonish and amaze usHow do magicians make us see the impossible? The Illusionist Brain takes you on an unforgettable journey through the inner workings of the human mind, revealing how magicians achieve their spectacular and seemingly impossible effects by interfering with your cognitive processes. Along the way, this lively and informative book provides a guided tour of modern neuroscience, using magic as a lens for understanding the unconscious and automatic functioning of our brains. We construct reality from the information stored in our memories and received through our senses, and our brains are remarkably adept at tricking us into believing that our experience is continuous.


In fact, our minds create our perception of reality by elaborating meanings and continuities from incomplete information, and while this strategy carries clear benefits for survival, it comes with blind spots that magicians know how to exploit. Jordi Cami and Luis Martinez explore the many different ways illusionists manipulate our attention-making us look but not see-and take advantage of our individual predispositions and fragile memories. The Illusionist Brain draws on the latest findings in neuroscience to explain how magic deceives us, surprises us, and amazes us, and demonstrates how illusionists skillfully "hack" our brains to alter how we perceive things and influence what we imagine.


"Cami and Martinez provide an exciting and rich introduction to the cognitive science behind magic, showing us the fruitful relationship between both disciplines while also pointing to as yet unanswered questions. Through this book, we can all enjoy the search for answers!" - Juan Tamariz


Condition: New

Binding: Hardback

Year: 2022

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages:  248

Dimensions (to nearest cm): 24 X 17cm

The Illusionist Brain: The Neuroscience of Magic - J. Cami and L. M. Martinez

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