I had the pleasure of moderating a rich conversation on magic and creativity for the Science of Magic Association. My panelists were an international group of magicians and creativity researchers including David Parr, Cyril Thomas, Matt Pritchard, and Amory Danek. The video is available below, and accompanying content is available at https://scienceofmagicassoc.org/blog/2021/8/23/magic-creativity-webinar.
Jeniffer Ortega, my collaborator at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia is building a nice research program exploring metacognition as it relates to attention and perception. Along with Patricia Montañes, Gustav Kuhn, and me, she has published new work in i-Perception showing that people's metacognitive judgments are heavily biased by their own experiences. People who experienced change blindness or inattentional blindness were more likely to think others would experience the same. Dr. Ortega's paper is open access at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20416695211039242.
In a move that was way outside my comfort zone, I worked with my past student Lauren Patt to publish a narrative review of strategies for addressing alcoholism in homeless populations in the Journal of Student Research. The work was inspired by a field experience she had during her senior year at Carthage. She had already completed one field placement for her thesis work, but wanted to gain experience in a new environment, which led to her working with the Kenosha Shalom Center — an organization that provides resources such as food, housing, and guidance to families in need in the Kenosha community. Although her field placement was cut short due to the pandemic, Lauren continued to think about the experience and wrote her review paper as part of an independent study with me.
In the fall, Lauren is starting graduate school at UW-Parkside, working toward a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Congratulations, Lauren!
Lauren's paper is available here. And here's a video synopsis of the work:
Experiments using eye movements as a dependent variable have become ubiquitous. However, the field has moved so quickly that there are few standardized practices in the research community. In a new paper, now out at Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, Hayward Godwin, Mike Hout, Katrín Alexdóttir, Steve Walenchok, and I have tried to remedy this situation. I am proud to have had any hand in this important contribution to the literature!
Full reference: Godwin, H. J., Hout, M. C., Alexdóttir, K. J., Walenchok, S. C., & Barnhart, A. S. (2021). Avoiding potential pitfalls in visual search and eye-movement experiments: A tutorial review. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-021-02326-w
On May 27, 2021, I will be contributing to a virtual symposium at Poland's Jan Dlugosz University, where the science of magic will be an emerging theme. The event is free and open to the public, with registration. I will be accompanied by some familiar faces from the Science of Magic Association, including Richard Wiseman and Vebjørn Ekroll. Details and registration at http://wns.ujd.edu.pl/art,826,scientific-symposium-evening-with-psychology-3-international-edition-27052021
My lab group will have a considerable presence at the 2021 virtual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association. If you're attending, I encourage you to pitch some questions to my students! I've linked to relevant materials below. Note that my presentation won't be viewable until 8:30am on 4/22/21.
I was interviewed by Eric Hunley on his "Unstructured" livestream on topics from magic to skepticism to handwriting and more. https://youtu.be/UgMgE1gOaDs
After hearing some false claims about graphology in the media, I appeared on the WGTD Morning Show with Greg Berg for a rebuttal. You can listen to the interview at https://www.wgtd.org/playlist/morning-show/carthage-professor-dr-anthony-barnhart-handwriting-and-magic
My friend, Stephanie West Allen, invited me to contribute to a webinar for the Purposeful Planning Institute. We had a fun conversation about the assumptions that magicians exploit to deceive. Video of the webinar is available at https://vimeo.com/492209911/305cb2c139.
Bonus: The event is interrupted both by my five-year-old and my dog!
I contributed a brief tutorial to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology's 2020 Teaching Tips book on a magic trick that I frequently use in the classroom to inspire critical thinking. The entire book is available FOR FREE at http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/teachingtips4.
I was interviewed on the Society of American Magicians "Backstage" podcast. It was a really fun chat about the history of interaction between scientists and magicians. Enjoy!
I am honored to be featured as a "Thought Leader" at the 2020 convention of the American Psychological Association. My keynote address, entitled "Magic in the Lab: Psychological Insights from Magicians," will be a call to action for psychologists to seriously consider hypotheses from the folk psychology of magic. Update: Video of my virtual keynote address is available here.
With my colleagues, Leslie Cameron and Arryn Robbins, I presented a workshop on enhancing the pedagogical value of Sensation & Perception demonstrations at the Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology at the College of DuPage. We have made all of the materials from that presentation (and more!) available at http://bit.ly/MISTOP-WorkshopWednesdays.
The 2019 Science of Magic Association conference, for which I was conference chair, was a rousing success. The complete program from the event is available at https://scienceofmagicassoc.org/. Five of my students accompanied me to the conference, where they presented their work, carried out in my lab. I presented a workshop on using magic in the classroom to increase critical thinking. The materials from my presentation are available for download here.
My newest paper, with collaborators from Harvard Medical School, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Arizona State University, was published in the Journal of Eye Movement Research. The work explores the relationship between microsaccades and covert attention. Since its publication, it has already been featured on the Scientific American website. The paper and supplementary materials are published in open access at https://bop.unibe.ch/JEMR/article/view/4333-Barnhartetal-Article.pdf
I am Associate Professor and Chair of Psychological Science at Carthage College, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.