Assignment #2 Apollo Robbins entertains people with his magic tricks (The Art of Misdirection: https://youtu.be/GZGY0wPAnus ). Our brain processes (i.e., perceives) information that comes in from our senses, and has to prioritize what it is going to encode (i.e., pay attention to and thus remember) and what is going to be forgotten (and thus, is perhaps not relevant). How does his audience ‘prioritize’ what they see?
This assignment is an exercise in critical thinking; you will critique the empirical study entitled, “Blink and you’ll miss it: the role of blinking in the perception of magic tricks” by RJ. Wiseman and T. Kakano (2016) (article provided). The trick discussed in the article is provided below, for your purview. To structure this process, please respond to the following questions. Clearly label your answers by corresponding question number.
Penn & Teller, Coins & Fish Trick https://youtu.be/M0mL3PWKkwU
What is the main research goal and hypothesis of the article?
What do you see as the most important finding(s) of the study? Why?
Some of the literature in the article as cited on Pages 2 and 6 indicated that participants failed to see a magic trick because they were ‘blinking’ at the crucial moment. What if blinking has nothing to do with detecting change. What are some alternative explanations? (Alternatives are mentioned in the article and/or you may be able to come up with a couple of your own).
What is a strength and/or limitation you see in the study from your own perspective or critical thinking? Explain. (e.g., you might consider aspects of the rationale, methodology, analyses, and/or other aspects of study quality).
Consider the relevance and/or implications of the article. Share your thoughts about how this work contributes to cognition (e.g., attention). And, where could you take this work -what would be next steps for a future study. This question will require the inclusion of 1-3 references.
Please make sure to include several references.
Content and expression: The grade will be based on, not just accuracy, but also elements
of your expression of critical thought, regarding the respective questions.
Scholarship: This component will consider elements of writing (e.g., grammar, style) and
general scholarship (e.g., clarity and depth of comprehension of material and expression of
responses). The Art of Misdirection The Art of Misdirection
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