magic shows provide more than amusement, according to two scientists at Barrow Neurological Institute. Doctors Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD, and Stephen Macknik, PhD, reveal the intricacies of the mind-magic connection they call “neuromagic” that shows multi-tasking is a myth

Magic and the brain

Watertown area people multitask every day or so they think. Doctors from the Barrow Neurological Institute have spent the past five years scrutinizing some of the world’s greatest magicians including Penn and Teller to better understand just how the brain works – their findings? Multitasking is a myth. Doctors Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD, and Stephen Macknik, PhD have coined the term “neuromagic” and discovered that the brain is not designed to multi-task, but instead can be trained to quickly shift the focus from one subject to another.

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