[visionlist] DON'T MISS MAGIC AT ASSC11!!

Susana Martinez-Conde smart at neuralcorrelate.com
Fri Mar 9 16:26:28 GMT 2007


Please join us at a very Special Symposium at this year's Association for
the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC) conference,
http://assc2007.neuralcorrelate.com <http://assc2007.neuralcorrelate.com/>

 
Five of the world's premier stage magicians will join us between 5:30pm and
7:30pm on Sunday, June 24th, 2007, to share their deep intuitions and
insights into the covert manipulation of attention and awareness. 
 
The five world-class performers that will be joining us at the "The Magic of
Consciousness" symposium are:
 
Teller, of Penn & Teller
Mac King, headliner at Harrah's on The Strip
James Randi, aka The Amaz!ng Randi, and Founder of the James Randi
Foundation
Johnny Thompson, from The Great Tomsoni and Co.
Apollo Robbins, Professional Thief and Pickpocket
 
Just as visual scientists study visual art and illusions to elucidate the
workings of the visual system, so too can cognitive scientists study artists
of cognitive illusions to elucidate the underpinnings of cognition. Stage
magic shows are the manifestation of the deep intuition and understanding of
human attention and awareness held by the accomplished magical performer. By
studying magicians, and learning their techniques, researchers can hope to
learn the skills necessary to manipulate attention and awareness in the lab,
at a quantitative level. In this spirit, each of these performers will
describe an aspect of magical technique that serves as a powerful tool to
manipulate attention and/or awareness, either on a large scale (to a large
audience) or a small scale (such as a card trick, or other close-up
manipulation). They will demonstrate an example application of each
technique, and then discuss why/how they believe the technique may work, in
terms of human cognition.
 
The presentations will be followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with the audience.
 
The goal of the event is to help raise awareness among ASSC delegates about
the powerful tools that magicians have already developed to manipulate
awareness. And the magicians themselves have also expressed their wish that
the information flows both ways! The performers deeply hope to learn from
the consciousness researcher community about new principles in cognitive
science that can be exploited to entertain and amaze their audiences.
 
This event is the first of its kind, but we hope that it will become a
regular event at future ASSC meetings, just as visual illusion
demonstrations have become a regular event at visual science conferences.
 
DON'T MISS IT!
 
ASSC11 Co-Chairs,
 
Susana Martinez-Conde & Steve Macknik
 
ASSOCIATION FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF CONSCIOUSNESS 11TH ANNUAL MEETING
Imperial Palace Hotel, Las Vegas
June 22 - June 25, 2007
http://assc2007.neuralcorrelate.com <http://assc2007.neuralcorrelate.com/> 
  
***EARLY REGISTRATION & ABSTRACT SUBMISSION NOW OPEN, UNTIL APRIL 1, 2007***
 
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Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD
Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience
Division of Neurobiology
Barrow Neurological Institute
350 W. Thomas Rd
Phoenix AZ 85013, USA
 
Phone: +1 (602) 406-3484
Fax: +1 (602) 406-4172
Email: smart at neuralcorrelate.com
http://www.neuralcorrelate.com/smc_lab/
 
 
 
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