Mind Control Tricks: Magicians’ Forcing and Free Will

Pailhes, Alice and Kuhn, Gustav. 2021. Mind Control Tricks: Magicians’ Forcing and Free Will. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 25(5), pp. 338-341. ISSN 1364-6613 [Article]

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A new research program has recently emerged that investigates magicians’ mind control tricks, also called forces. This research highlights the psychological processes that underpin decision-making, illustrates the ease by which our decisions can be covertly influenced, and helps answer questions about our sense of free will and agency over choices.

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magic tricks, sense of agency, illusion of control, forcing techniques, free will

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2 February 2021Accepted
24 February 2021Published Online
1 May 2021Published

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26 Feb 2021 11:28

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14 Jun 2021 15:22

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