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An Empirical Assessment of the Magician's "Off-beat"


Abstract Magicians are informal cognitive scientists who regularly test their hypotheses in the real world. As such, they can provide scientists with novel hypotheses for formal psychological research as well as a real-world context in which to study them. One domain where magic can directly inform science is the deployment of attention in time and across modalities. Both magicians and scientists have an incomplete understanding of how attention operates in time, rather than in space. However, magicians have highlighted a set of variables that can create moments of visual attentional suppression, which they call "off-beats," and these variables can speak to modern models of temporal attention. The current research examines two of these var... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Barnhart, Anthony Scott (Author) / Goldinger, Stephen D. (Advisor) / Glenberg, Arthur M. (Committee member) / Homa, Donald (Committee member) / Simons, Daniel J. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Cognitive psychology / Experimental psychology / attention / attentional blink / entrainment / inattentional blindness / magic / psychological refractory period
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 84 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Psychology 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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