Apr. 30, 2013

Meet Larry Rosenblum, Perceptual Psychologist and Magician

by The Secret Life of Scientists

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Did you know that we can "see" speech and "hear" visuals? Larry Rosenblum is a perceptual psychologist. He studies how our various senses share information with each other, giving us powers of perception that most of us don't even know we have. While researching his book, See What I'm Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses, Larry spoke with a magic teacher about sleight-of-hand tricks and fell in love with the art. What attracted him? Larry likes "shaking up what we think we understand," he says, and seeing how perceptual psychology allows magic tricks to work. Ultimately, his appreciation for both science and magic is rooted in a desire to inspire "wonder and awe."  

In the videos below, Larry describes his science in just 30 seconds, then answers some pretty heavy questions on everything from Marky Mark to sawing people in half. Learn more about Larry on his Secret Life homepage.
30-Second Science

Watch 30 Second Science: Larry Rosenblum on PBS. See more from Secret Life of Scientists.

10 Questions

Watch 10 Questions for Larry Rosenblum on PBS. See more from Secret Life of Scientists.

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