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The symposium is an  inter-college event where students openly discuss the topics explored  within each college’s respective theme.

Every  RC  student will give either a Presentation or a  Poster -  either as a  group  or as an individual project.  Every RC student will also be an audience  member.  

At Registration, you will receive a name tag with your schedule on it.

The Symposium is organized into two, concurrent, sessions: Session I: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. & Session II: 3:10 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
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Saturday, December 1 • 2:05pm - 2:30pm
To See Or Not to See

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Our video project demonstrates the psychology of magic by emphasizing the role of inattentional blindness and change blindness, both of which are types of misdirection. This role will be explored by analyzing the structure and function of the brain and how it relates to our subsequent visual experience. Furthermore, the video will also address how magicians exploit the “weaknesses” in our visual system by using misdirection and other phenomena. As humans, we intuitively think that we perceive much of our surroundings, when, in fact, we are almost always left filling in an incomplete picture of what we see. To prove this effect, we will perform magic tricks pertaining to change and inattentional blindness. The success of these magic tricks ultimately rely on our failure to perceive and interpret a full scene, but they also rely on the fact that our brains choose what visual information is the most important to focus on. This video will address this lack of perception and how it relates to another occurrence known as the blind spot, and how our brain “fills in” these gaps in our experiences and perceptions. In order to explain these concepts, we will use diagrams and an interview from Aaron Mitchel, a psychology professor at Bucknell University. Also, the overall mood of the video will be informative, yet entertaining in order to generate the audience’s interest. We will accomplish this mood through a happy medium of using light-hearted jokes and magic tricks coupled with diagrams and formal explanations of the phenomenon being witnessed in the video.

Video Link: https://mediaspace.bucknell.edu/media/To+See+Or+Not+To+See/0_g1edmdaa


Frain, Brendan

Discovery College

Bellini, Daniela

Discovery College

Lam, Khoi

Discovery College

Barton, Macy

Discovery College

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Gari Eberly

Junior Fellow, Environmental College

Prof. Chris Camuto

Senior Fellow, Environmental College

Saturday December 1, 2018 2:05pm - 2:30pm EST
118 Coleman