How Sleight-of-Hand Magicians Trick Our Brains

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How Sleight-of-Hand Magicians Trick Our Brains

When watching anِ expert magician makeِ a playing card vanish, pick-pocket a volunteer orِ perform anyِ other startling sleight-of-hand trick, itِ seems thatِ the harder youِ tryِ toِ pay attention toِ theirِ lightning fingers, theِ moreِ easily you’reِ fooled.
As youِ willِ learn onِ Brain Games, a newِ series onِ the National Geographic Channel thatِ illustrates theِ minor miracles required toِ pay attention andِ form memories, brains run onِ justِ 12 Watts ofِ power.
That’s aboutِ a thirdِ ofِ the amount usedِ byِ anِ average refrigerator lightbulb.

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Natalie Wolchover wasِ a staff writer forِ Live Science fromِ 2010 toِ 2012.
She hold a bachelor’s degree inِ physics fromِ Tufts University andِ has studied physics atِ the University ofِ California, Berkeley.
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