The Captured Thought in The Magic Circular ~ the official magazine of The Magic Circle, June 2021

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International press coverage of ‘Exploring the perceptual inabilities of Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) using magic effects’ ~ a collaborative paper published in PNAS by Elias Garcia-Pelegrin, Alexandra K. Schnell, Prof. Clive Wilkins, and Prof. Nicola S. Clayton FRS

New York Times by Veronique Greenwood

Magic tricks may fool you, but these birds can see through them

The Science Times by Marie Morales

Magic tricks don’t work for all birds; at least not with Eurasian jays

Le Monde by Nathaniel Herzberg

Le geai des chênes pas dupe des tours de passe-passe desprestidigitateurs

The Conversation by Elias Garcia-Pelegrin

We performed magic tricks on birds to see how they perceive the world

IFL Science by Stephen Luntz

Can you beat a bird at spotting a magic trick?

Phys.org by Bob Yirka

Eurasian jays less likely than people to be deceived by magic tricks

Ars Technica by John Timmer

Researchers perform magic tricks for birds, who are not amused

Daily Mail by Jonathan Chadwick

Not so bird brained after all! Avians are less easily fooled by sleight-of-hand magic tricks than humans, study shows

Happy Mag by John-Alexander Matsos

Turns out birds are better at solving magic tricks than humans

Explica

Birds master magic better than humans

Saxon

Birds master magic tricks better than humans

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Exploring the perceptual inabilities of Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) using magic effects. PNAS May 2021

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‘The Lost Library of Miraculous Metaphors & other short stories’ available in United Kingdom from 25th June 2021 featuring the original cover design ~ or immediately, via the international edition, which is now live.

The original design for the novel by Clive Wilkins, available in the United Kingdom.

The above design was specially produced for the international edition, available in USA, Europe and other territories.

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29th November – 3rd December 2021. Gutenberg International Conference Centre, Mainz, Germany. Becoming Social. A paleoethological perspective on modern human behaviour. A physical workshop involving dance.

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Cambridge Memory Meeting 2021. Dr. Alex Schnell presents the latest research on magic and jays from Prof. Nicky Clayton’s comparative cognition lab ~ with Eli Garcia-Pelegrin and Prof. Clive Wilkins

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SOMA Webinar ~ Magic for Non Humans. Text taken from Soma website.

First Webinar: Magic for Non-Humans

Our first webinar will take place on 25 April at 2pm EST. Featuring mentalist/magician Jose Ahomen, along side Professors Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins, with Prof Wally Smith.
This group brings together expertise on mentalism and magic performance, science communication, along with research experience in the domains of animal behavior and artificial intelligence. They’ll be discussing whether nonhuman animals and machines can experience and perform magic.

All our webinars will be free to attend, but you will need to register in order to receive a Zoom link
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The Psychology of Magic~ A Zoom discussion with Dr. Gustav Kuhn of Goldsmiths University of London with his PhD students Alice Pailhes and Steve Bagienski and Professors Nicky Clayton and Clive Wilkins of the University of Cambridge and their PhD student Elias Garcia-Pelegrin. 5th March 2021

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Humanities Programme. Nicky & Clive discussing student research projects on cultural differences in cognition, with Chinese students on mainland China, as part of the CCISTC programme.

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Prof. Nicky Clayton & Prof. Clive Wilkins of The Captured Thought will appear at the Oxford University Scientific Society this week to discuss the psychology of cognitive illusions and why the mind is tricked ~Thursday, 4th February 2021 from 18.30-19.30 UTC2

Taken from the website of the Oxford University Scientific Society …

This Thursday we will have two fantastic speakers: Professor Nicky Clayton FRS, Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and Professor Clive Wilkins MMC, Artist-in-Residence of the same Department, and also a celebrated illusionist. Together, science and art, they will talk about cognitive illusions and how the mind gets tricked.

The Psychology of Cognitive Illusions

Their talk will explore what cognitive illusions reveal about the psychology of the human mind; not just perception but also memory and the ability to mentally travel in time, to revisit our past experiences and reflect upon them, and to explore places we have yet to visit and imagine what they will be like. Magic effects also illuminate some important things about Theory of Mind, our ability to think about what others might be thinking, both on the part of the audience and on the part of the magician. Both mental time travel and theory of mind are constrained by egocentric bias, our tendency to overvalue the present self over other selves and other times.

Professor Nicky Clayton FRS is the Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is particularly interested in the processes of thinking with and without words, and comparisons between the cognitive abilities of corvids (members of the crow family) and children. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2010. She is also the Scientist-in-Residence at Rambert (formerly Ballet Rambert), since 2011.

Professor Clive Wilkins MMC is the Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, UK, which is a position he has held since 2012. Clive is a fine art painter and writer, and was elected a Member of the Magician’s Circle (MMC) in 2018. Clive’s paintings have been frequently seen in London Mayfair art galleries. His written work has appeared in print on numerous occasions, most notably ‘The Creatures in the Night’, a story written and illustrated by Wilkins in 2008, and most recently ‘The Moustachio Quartet’.

This talk will live broadcast on:
– Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/OUSciSoc/
– Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChP1tLqksAmtm52JLDka8gA
– Twitter: https://twitter.com/OxfordSciSoc

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