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Neurocareers: Doing The Impossible!

Aug 21, 2022

Who hasn't been interested in Magic and mesmerized by the Magician's performance, at least at some point in their life?

Who hasn't tried to uncover the secrets of the Magic show?

How to use your curiosity and passion to drive your career success? 

Welcome Assoc. Prof. Anthony Barnhart, PhD, a cognitive psychologist and the Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Carthage college in Wisconsin, USA!

Dr. Barnhart went on a path from being a professional Magician to becoming a cognitive psychologist, studying the Science of Magic!

Tune in to Episode #13. Part I. of the Neurocareers podcast to uncover the world of deception from the "Sleight of Mind!"

Stay tuned for Part II of this Neurocareers podcast episode!

During this episode, you will learn about:

[00:00] Episode intro, what’s in for you, and a quick bio of the guest, Anthony Barnhart, PhD

[01:10] Where Dr. Barnhart is joining us from, and a bit about his backstory

[05:24] How Dr. Barnhart’s research on Magic helps students develop intellectual curiosity

[09:43] A brief history of the existence of Magic

[16:28] Meaning of the “Science of Magic” and its rationale

[18:06] Magic isn't only focused on psychology but also technology

[19:55] Some psychological vulnerabilities that magicians have explored

[27:18] How different theories on Magic have been applied in the Science of Magic research

[32:05] The future of the Science of Magic & the benefits magicians can get from the results

[36:05] Dr. Barnhart’s views on the future of the use of technology by magicians

[40:16] A bit about the Science of Magic Conference and what can be presented

[43:55] Wrap-up to this first part of the talk

Notable Quotes

  • Intellectual curiosity is an important part of the recipe for success in graduate school and many different careers.
  • People who study wonder often talk about the experience of it, starting with the mismatch between their expectations about the world and what their senses bring to them.
  • The consequence of experiencing wonder is exploration, curiosity, and trying to seek out explanations for what you witnessed.
  • The value of the Science of Magic is that it allows us to mine psychological insights from a group of people who have been neglected by science for most of their existence.
  • Magicians are informal cognitive scientists who should have a hypothesis of how the mind works to develop techniques to deceive those minds.
  • Magicians are usually 10 years ahead of the public regarding emerging technologies.
  • A magician's goal is to make all the technology entirely invisible.

About the Podcast Guest

Dr. Barnhart's Publications and Other Resources

Connect With Assoc. Prof. Anthony Barnhart

Anthony Barnhart, Ph.D.
Department of Psychological Science
Carthage College
2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 551-6313

About the Podcast and Its Host

The Neurocareers podcast is brought to you by The Institute of Neuroapproaches and its founder - Milena Korostenskaja, Ph.D. (Dr. K) - a neuroscience educator, neuroscience research consultant, and career coach for students and recent graduates in neuroscience and neurotechnologies:

You will benefit from neuroscience-based coaching if you want to...

  • Get your projects DONE instead of procrastinating and feeling stuck.
  • Step out of burnout ONCE AND FOR ALL without overeating, overdrinking, or binge-watching.
  • STOP feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed when managing your time and responsibilities.
  • OVERCOME FEAR of public speaking and improve your communication skills.
  • Get rid of your chronic IMPOSTER SYNDROME and boost your SELF-CONFIDENCE instead.
  • ACHIEVE your goals and BUILD a successful career instead of failing.

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