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Do you trust your senses? Tonight we will take a trip to where reality and fiction meet, so get ready to be fooled by magic tricks, pepper or your own brain! During the night there will be games and amazing prices to be won. Oh! These will definitely be real! This event will be held on the ground floor.
Experiencing the Impossible: Why magic works
Dr Gustav Kuhn (Reader in Psychology)
Magic is one of the most captivating and enduring forms of entertainment and magicians all over the world have baffled and amazed their audiences by creating magical illusion. Our scientific understanding of magic is providing new insights into the nature of magic, and the ease by which magicians trick us highlights many of our mind’s limitations. These surprising and stunning illusions provide intriguing insights into how our brain works. In this talk I will use science, interactive demonstrations and magic to explore the psychology of magic and explain why our mind is so easily deceived.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Whose is the Body of the Them All?
We all think we know our own body, so that for example we can easily recognise our self in the mirror and distinguish our bodily sensations from that of other people’s. In this talk, I will use theoretical insights, clinical observations and practical demonstrations from psychology and neuroscience to argue that all these self-impressions are actually illusory. Even the feeling that you are reading this now is actually an inference.
Tingling under pressure: How a Chinese pepper can reveal interactions between different skin receptors
Dr Antonio Cataldo (Research Associate)
Sichuan pepper has been used for centuries in Asiatic cuisine and Traditional Chinese Medicine for its peculiarity: rather than being spicy it induces… a tingling sensation in the mouth! Recently, we have shown that this paradoxical sensation occurs because Sanshool, the principal molecule of Sichuan pepper, activates specific skin receptors involved in the perception of vibration. Try for yourself the curious effect of this spice, and learn how it can be used by Neuroscientists to unveil how different skin receptors interact with each other.
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