Magic proof that believing is seeing
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Oxford magic trick study proof that believing is seeing

Psychologists at Oxford University have used a series of magic tricks to prove people can remember seeing objects that never existed.

In a series of five videos, 420 volunteers watched four simple magic tricks, in which a magician made objects such as a silver coin disappear.

In the fifth film, the magician merely pretended to make an object disappear.

About a third of volunteers who took part in a study claim to have seen an object disappear when it had never appeared in the first place.

  • 09 Aug 2016
  • From the section Oxford