Review of Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Brains [Book Review]

Cognitive Neuropsychiatry 16 (5):473-478 (2011)
The book I review, _Sleights of Mind_, aims to illuminate properties of perceptual systems by discussing human susceptibility to magical illusions. I describe how the authors use psychological principles to explain two tricks, spoon bending and the Miser's Dream. I also argue that the book is congenial to the following view of illusions: susceptibility to illusion is the result of evolutionary trade-offs; perceptual systems must make assumptions in order to function at all, but susceptibility to illusion is the byproduct of such assumptions.
Keywords vision  illusion  magic  neuroscience  psychology  evolution  perception  perceptual system
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