I am pleased to announce the publication of some research that has been a decade in the making. We set out to find concrete evidence of self-deception among performing magicians, but we ended up finding something arguably more interesting! This work was carried out in collaboration with Kaitlyn Richardson and Shawn Eric. Kaitlyn was an undergraduate working in my lab. She is now in law school at the University of Nebraska. Shawn Eric is a professional magician living in Phoenix. This work is being published in a special section of Psychology of Consciousness devoted to the science of magic. https://doi.org/10.1037/cns0000321
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.
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
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.
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 presented a poster and a Demo Night presentation at the 2019 meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. Files associated with my poster presentation on symmetry and event perception are available here, and files associated with my demo on the magical manipulation of temporal attention are available here.
Congratulations to Jeniffer Ortega, a Ph.D. student at the National University of Colombia, on the publication of some of her dissertation research in Consciousness and Cognition, alongside Gustav Kuhn and me. This is some of the first work using magic to study visual metacognition. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1053810018301557
I am Associate Professor and Chair of Psychological Science at Carthage College, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.