Sleights of Mind
What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions
Publication Date: November 2010
Categories: Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
The result of an extensive exploration of magic, this book by the founders of the exciting new discipline of neuromagic shows how the principles of magic apply to our everyday behavior.
Stephen L. Macknik earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, led his first laboratory at University College London, and is currently a laboratory director at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. His research and scientific outreach activities have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, NPR, and Der Spiegel, among others. He is a board member of Scientific American, in which he has published several feature articles, and he has also been published in Nature, Neuron, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Susana Martinez-Conde completed her Ph.D. in Spain, followed by postdoctoral studies in the Harvard Medical School. She is currently director of the Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Her research focuses on the neurobiology of visual awareness, perception, illusions, and art, and her work has been published in top academic journals as well as in popular science magazines, such as Scientific American. Sandra Blakeslee is a science correspondent at the New York Times who specializes in the brain sciences. She has witnessed firsthand the major developments and discoveries in neuroscience, both in the United States and abroad, for well over twenty years. She has cowritten many books, including the bestselling Second Chances with Judith Wallerstein. She is the third generation in a family of science writers. Lloyd James has been narrating since 1996, has recorded over six hundred books in almost every genre, has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards, and is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. His bestselling and most critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley, Jr., Ben Hur by Lew Wallace, Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitskin, and Mystic Warrior by Tracy and Laura Hickman. Lloyd's background as a performer includes extensive work in classical theater and folk music. He lives in Maryland with his wife and children.
"This book doesn't just promise to change the way you think about sleight of hand and David Copperfield---it will also change the way you think about the mind." ---Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide