Sensation vs. Perception: The Magic Trick

Topic: Cognitive Psychology
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The magic trick presented in the video is extremely simple and requires only a coin and a can of soda. The magician takes a coin and makes the audience believe that he can put it in a closed soda can through the bottom. The soda can is actually closed, and the coin is real. However, with the help of distraction, the magician deceives the perception of the viewer.

The sensation is a physical process, which in this case, is a visual channel for obtaining information. Perception, in turn, is a psychological process that results from the processing of sensory information by the brain. Attention is one of the main aspects that play a key role in the successful performance of magic tricks. In the case of a trick, the spectators see, that is, perceive it sensory, the coin only at the beginning of its performance. Note that the magician actively hides it with his hand and then with soda foam so that the audience cannot see it. At this point, the audience’s perception assures them that the coin is already in the can, as the magician has allowed them to perceive the sound of the coin inside the can as well.

Based on the received sensory information (the visual absence of a coin outside the can; the auditory presence of a coin inside the can), the brain creates a perception. Perception is based on the partiality and fragmentation of information on the basis of the perceived sequence of events. Since viewers cannot directly observe the coin, their brains make up for the gaps through perception. Thus, within the framework of the focus, an erroneous perception is built on the basis of fragmentary sensory information.

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