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When Free Choice Is an Illusion

Magicians and cognitive scientists know how to manipulate what we pick—or thought we picked

December 23, 2016 — Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik
How Ghostbusting Became a Victorian Pastime

How Ghostbusting Became a Victorian Pastime

Nineteenth-century entertainment was a peculiar mix of technological innovation and supernatural thinking

November 18, 2015 — Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik

Visual Neurons Cheat by Focusing on Corners

The brain's resources are limited. By focusing on angles, curves and line endings, your visual neurons can cut corners

December 16, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik