I am pleased to be part of a special episode of the long-running CBC science program, "The Nature of Things," devoted to the Science of Magic. Folks in Canada will be able to watch the episode on March 18th. A teaser is available at http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/the-science-of-magic.
The newest publication from my lab has just been released by Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. I'm particularly proud of this piece for a few reasons: 1) It's my first publication related to some issues that have been central to my research program for the last few years, 2) it's my first publication with student co-authors (Mandy Ehlert & Alison Mackey), and 3) the release of this paper roughly coincides with the release of the CBC / Reel Time Images documentary on the Science of Magic that highlights this work! https://link.springer.com/article/10.3758/s13414-018-1497-8
I have made the paper available here.
At this year's Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology (MISTOP) at the College of DuPage, I led a session devoted to using magic in the classroom to enhance critical thinking. I have made all content from that presentation available for educators at http://tinyurl.com/MISTOP-magic.
I was interviewed in two episodes of the Cengage "Neuro Transmission Podcast." The first interview relates to my academic trajectory, from magician to psychologist who studies magic. The second explores my use of magic in the classroom as a tool for enhancing students' critical thinking. Both episodes are available at https://www.cengage.com/learn/neurotransmission
An interview with me appeared in The Linking Ring magazine, journal of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. You can read the piece here.
I appeared on the WGTD Morning Show with Gregory Berg to promote the 3rd annual Carthage College Celebration of Mind. The interview is available at https://www.wgtd.org/playlist/morning-show/morning-show-100517.
The Science of Magic Association hosted its second conference at Goldsmith's University of London from August 31-September 1, 2017. More details can be found at http://www.scienceofmagicassoc.org.
I am an invited speaker at the 2017 Vancouver International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (VICTOP). My talk, entitled "Magic In Mind: Viewing Psychology Through the Lens of Performance Magic," will provide an introduction to the modern science of magic movement while supplying educators with some simple techniques for using magic in the classroom. Added bonus: Elizabeth Loftus will be a keynote speaker at the conference! http://www.kpu.ca/victop/keynotes
I was interviewed on Joe Diamond's "Unreal Radio" show. You can listen to the interview at https://blubrry.com/unreal_radio/22057187/unreal-radio-16-a-talk-with-dr-anthony-barnhart-about-magic-psychology-and-cognitive-science/?autoplay=true
I made an appearance down under on Nicholas J. Johnson's "Scamapalooza" podcast. Nick and I talked about all sorts of things including the relationship between magic and autism. It was both fun and strange. You can download the podcast at https://www.iheart.com/podcast/256-scamapalooza-31130210/episode/36-brain-magic-with-tony-41732954/.
I was interviewed about magic, cognitive science, and whatever came up organically on the "A Life Well Designed" podcast, with Jonathan Pritchard. Have a listen!
I'm pleased to announce the publication of a paper that has been years in the making. In "The Poverty of Embodied Cognition," published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, my co-authors and I argue that the embodied cognition fad is largely intractable and has little to offer psychological science, in general. http://link.springer.com/article/10.3758%2Fs13423-015-0860-1
The annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, in St. Pete Beach, Florida, was chock full o' magic. My contributions included a poster presentation on our work exploring attention and microsaccades (handout here) and a Demo Night presentation on our inattentional blindness paradigm (handout here).
I presented some of my newest magic research exploring microsaccades as measures of divided attention at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society. The handout for my presentation can be downloaded here.
I was interviewed for "The Magic Word," a podcast for magicians and magic aficionados. While I do use some magic lingo, it should be an accessible primer to my research. You can listen to the podcast by directing your browser to http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwellsmagic/260-tony-barnhart.
I am Associate Professor and Chair of Psychological Science at Carthage College, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.