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
WGTD Morning Show
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
The Magician's Way to Wisdom
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!
"Teaching Tips" book
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.
S.A.M. "Backstage" Podcast
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!
2020 APA Keynote Address
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
Vision Sciences Society Conference
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.
Four of my colleagues and I spoke at the Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology (MISTOP) on the benefits and challenges of team-teaching Introductory Psychology. We have made all of our materials available here for those who are interested in improving their introductory courses through a team-based design.
Psychonomic Society Conference
I presented some of my new work on the use of symmetrical action as a technique of deception in magic at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in New Orleans. The poster and handout for that presentation are available for download 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.