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Anthony Barnhart

Chair, Psychological Science Department; Assistant Professor of Psychological Science

Lentz Hall 224E

  • Biography
  • Education
  • Courses
  • Research
  • Grants and Awards
  • Publications
  • Presentations

Professor Anthony Barnhart received his Ph.D. in cognitive science from Arizona State University, where he began his graduate career with the intention of being a language researcher. To this end, he has published research examining the processes underlying handwritten word perception, a domain that has been largely ignored by psychologists.

Prof. Barnhart is also a part-time professional magician with more than 30 years of performing experience. His research trajectory changed in 2010 with the publication of the book Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about our Everyday Deceptions, in which he was featured as a consultant and teacher on the science of stage magic. The scientific interest that the book garnered motivated Prof. Barnhart to shift his focus toward the interface of science and magic.

His research program in the science of magic explores the intuitions of magicians and attempts to marry this folk psychology with formal scientific models in the domains of attention and perception. This work has been featured in Science News For Kids as well as in national and international television appearances and documentaries, most recently appearing in the Science Channel’s “Hack My Brain” program.

As a performer, he employs psychological principles to elevate his magic’s impact and increase the audience’s sense of wonder. His magic has won four national competitions and has been featured in publications such as National Geographic World magazine, M-U-M Magazine (the official journal of the Society of American Magicians), and The Linking Ring (the journal of the International Brotherhood of Magicians).

  • Ph.D. — Arizona State University
  • M.A. — Arizona State University
  • B.A. — Augustana College
  • PYC 1500 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • PYC 2010 Research Methods & Statistics I
  • PYC 2150 Sensation and Perception
  • PYC 2300 Cognitive Psychology
  • The Psychology of Magic
  • PYC 4800 Thesis in Psychological Science

Prof. Barnhart’s research interests include:

  • Handwritten word perception
  • The science of magic
  • Attentional deployment in time
  • Inattentional blindness

Barnhart, A. S. & Cameron, E. L. (2017). MRI: Acquisition of an Eye Tracking System. • Agency: NSF, BCS – Major Research Instrumentation • Outcome: funded; $37,190

( denotes undergraduate student collaborators)

  • Barnhart, A. S. (in press). Magic in the classroom: Fooling students into thinking critically. In S. Baker (Ed.), Teaching tips: A compendium of conference presentations on teaching, 2018-2019. Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

  • Barnhart, A. S., Costela, F. M., Martinez-Conde, S., Macknik, S. L., & Goldinger, S. D. (2019). Microsaccades reflect the dynamics of misdirected attention in magic. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 12(6). https://doi.org/10.16910/jemr.12.6.7

  • Ortega, J., Montanes, P., Barnhart, A., & Kuhn, G. (2018). Exploiting failures in metacognition through magic: Visual awareness as a source of visual metacognition bias. Consciousness & Cognition, 65, 152-168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2018.08.008

  • Barnhart, A. S., Ehlert, M. J., Goldinger, S. D., & Mackey, A. D. (2018) Cross-modal attentional entrainment: Insights from magicians. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80, 1240-1249. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-018-1497-8

  • Goldinger, S. D., Papesh, M. H., Barnhart, A. S., Hansen, W. A., & Hout, M. C. (2016). The poverty of embodied cognition. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23, 959-978. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-015-0860-1

  • Barnhart, A. S.& Goldinger, S. D. (2015). Orthographic and phonological neighborhood effects in handwritten word perception. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 1739-1745. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-015-0846-z

  • Barnhart, A. S. (2015). The culture of psychology and magic. In R. Blaskiewicz (Ed.), Magic in the classroom: Using extraordinary claims to teach critical thinking (pp. 58-63). Falls Church, VA: James Randi Educational Foundation.

  • Koy, K., Barnhart, T., & Barnhill, M. D. (2015). The skeptical teachers’ advice column. In R. Blaskiewicz (Ed.), Magic in the classroom: Using extraordinary claims to teach critical thinking (pp. 77-81). Falls Church, VA: James Randi Educational Foundation.

  • Barnhart, A. S. & Goldinger, S. D. (2014). Blinded by magic: Eye-movements reveal the misdirection of attention. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1461. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01461

  • Barnhart, A. S. & Goldinger, S. D. (2013). Rotation reveals the importance of configural cues in handwritten word perception. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 1319-1326. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-013-0435-y

  • Barnhart, A. S. (2010). The exploitation of Gestalt principles by magicians. Perception, 39, 1286-1289. https://doi.org/10.1068/p6766

  • Barnhart, A. S. & Goldinger, S. D. (2010). Interpreting chicken-scratch: Lexical access for handwritten words. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 906-923. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0019258

( denotes undergraduate student collaborators)

Barnhart, A. S. (2020, March). Magic in the lab: Psychological insights from magicians. Invited talk at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE.

Barnhart, A. S., Cameron, E. L., & Robbins, A. (2020, February). Workshop Wednesdays: Sensation & Perception demonstrations for grounding abstract principles and enhancing quantitative reasoning. Talk presented at the annual Midwestern Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2019, October). Gestalt magic: The exploitation of perceptual hypotheses. Invited talk at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.

Barnhart, A. S., Ehlert M. J., Goldinger, S. D., & Mackey, A. D. (2019, August). Auditory entrainment effects on visual attention: Insights from magicians. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Chicago, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2019, July). Magic in the classroom: Fooling students into thinking critically. Workshop presented at the biennial meeting of the Science of Magic Association in Chicago, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. & King, M. (2019, July). A conversation with Mac King. Publicly interviewed magician, Mac King, at the biennial meeting of the Science of Magic Association in Chicago, IL.

Krahn-Bockhop, O. M., Barnhart, A. S., Griser, N., Hendrix, C., Schuler, M., Andrews, J., Rudnick, D., & Utter, J. K. (2019, July). Misdirected by gender: The impact of performer gender on perceptions of a magic performance. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Science of Magic Association in Chicago, IL.

Krupa, D. J., Barnhart, A. S., Duckert, C., Ruediger, A. N., & Fitzpatrick, L. C. C. (2019, July). The symmetry of deception: When symmetrical action shifts event boundaries. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Science of Magic Association in Chicago, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2019, May). The magical misdirection of attention in time. Presentation at the Vision Sciences Society “Demo Night” event in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Barnhart, A. S., Krupa, D., & Duckert, C. (2019, May). The symmetry of deception: Symmetrical action influences awareness by shifting event boundaries. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2019, April). Magical contributions to the study of spatio-temporal attention. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, IL.

Barnhart, A. S., Cameron, E. L., Munk, D., Robbins, A., & Sylaska, K. (2019, February). The benefits of team-teaching Introduction to Psychological Science. Talk presented at the Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2019, January). Magic in the classroom: Fooling students into thinking critically. Talk presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Barnhart, A. S. & Duckert, C.◊ (2018, November). The symmetry of deception: Predictability reduces attention toward symmetrical actions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in New Orleans, LA.

Stone, G. & Barnhart, A. S. (2018, November). On the dynamics of consonants and vowels in visual word recognition. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in New Orleans, LA.

Barnhart, A. S. (2018, October). The psychological science of magic. Invited talk at Beloit College, Beloit, WI.

Barnhart, A. S. (2018, February). Magic in the classroom: Fooling students into thinking critically. Talk presented at the Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. & Ehlert, M. J., Goldinger, S. D., & Mackey, A. D. (2017, November) Cross-modal attentional entrainment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Vancouver, B.C.

Barnhart, A. S. (2017, October). What attention researchers can learn from magicians. Invited talk at Cognitive Brownbag, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2017, August). Tracking the ‘off-beat’: Magical contributions to the study of temporal attention. Talk presented at the meeting of the Science of Magic Association in London, U.K.

Barnhart, A. S. (2017, August). The symmetry of deception: Predictability reduces attention toward symmetrical actions. Poster presented at the meeting of the Science of Magic Association in London, U.K.

Barnhart, A. S. (2017, July). Viewing psychology through the lens of performance magic. Invited talk at Vancouver International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Vancouver, B.C.

Barnhart, A. S. (2017, April). What attention researchers can learn from magicians. Invited talk at Visual Cognition Brownbag, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL.

Barnhart, A. S., Goldinger, S. D., & Steinert, A. M. (2016, November). The cockeyed Thatcher effect: The relationship of global and local feature orientations affects face processing. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Boston, MA.

Barnhart, A. S. (2016, November). Blinded by the magic: Understanding attention and perception through the methods of magicians. Invited talk at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI.

Barnhart, A. S., Costela, F., McCamy, M. B., Martinez-Conde, S., Macknik, S. L., & Goldinger, S. D. (2016, May). Making the covert overt: Eye-movements reveal the misdirection of gaze and attention. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2016, February). The cognitive science of magic. Invited talk at Arizona Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Barnhart, A. S., Costela, F., McCamy, M. B., Martinez-Conde, S., Macknik, S. L., & Goldinger, S. D. (2015, November). Making the covert overt: Eye-movements reveal the misdirection of gaze and attention. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Chicago, IL.

Anthony Barnhart

Professor Anthony Barnhart received his Ph.D. in cognitive science from Arizona State University, where he began his graduate career with the intention of being a language researcher. To this end, he has published research examining the processes underlying handwritten word perception, a domain that has been largely ignored by psychologists.

Prof. Barnhart is also a part-time professional magician with more than 30 years of performing experience. His research trajectory changed in 2010 with the publication of the book Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about our Everyday Deceptions, in which he was featured as a consultant and teacher on the science of stage magic. The scientific interest that the book garnered motivated Prof. Barnhart to shift his focus toward the interface of science and magic.

His research program in the science of magic explores the intuitions of magicians and attempts to marry this folk psychology with formal scientific models in the domains of attention and perception. This work has been featured in Science News For Kids as well as in national and international television appearances and documentaries, most recently appearing in the Science Channel’s “Hack My Brain” program.

As a performer, he employs psychological principles to elevate his magic’s impact and increase the audience’s sense of wonder. His magic has won four national competitions and has been featured in publications such as National Geographic World magazine, M-U-M Magazine (the official journal of the Society of American Magicians), and The Linking Ring (the journal of the International Brotherhood of Magicians).

Brief Bio

Professor Anthony Barnhart’s research interests include handwritten word perception, attentional deployment in time, and inattentional blindness. But he is best known for his research into the science of magic. An award-winning professional magician with more than 30 years of performing experience, he has been featured in the book Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about our Everyday Deceptions, as well as national and international publications, television programs, and documentaries.

Title

Chair, Psychological Science Department; Assistant Professor of Psychological Science

Email Address

abarnhart@carthage.edu

Phone Number

262-551-6313

Office Location

Lentz Hall 224E

Education

  • Ph.D. — Arizona State University
  • M.A. — Arizona State University
  • B.A. — Augustana College

Courses

  • PYC 1500 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • PYC 2010 Research Methods & Statistics I
  • PYC 2150 Sensation and Perception
  • PYC 2300 Cognitive Psychology
  • The Psychology of Magic
  • PYC 4800 Thesis in Psychological Science

Research Interests

Prof. Barnhart’s research interests include:

  • Handwritten word perception
  • The science of magic
  • Attentional deployment in time
  • Inattentional blindness

Grants and Awards

Barnhart, A. S. & Cameron, E. L. (2017). MRI: Acquisition of an Eye Tracking System. • Agency: NSF, BCS – Major Research Instrumentation • Outcome: funded; $37,190

Publications

( denotes undergraduate student collaborators)

  • Barnhart, A. S. (in press). Magic in the classroom: Fooling students into thinking critically. In S. Baker (Ed.), Teaching tips: A compendium of conference presentations on teaching, 2018-2019. Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

  • Barnhart, A. S., Costela, F. M., Martinez-Conde, S., Macknik, S. L., & Goldinger, S. D. (2019). Microsaccades reflect the dynamics of misdirected attention in magic. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 12(6). https://doi.org/10.16910/jemr.12.6.7

  • Ortega, J., Montanes, P., Barnhart, A., & Kuhn, G. (2018). Exploiting failures in metacognition through magic: Visual awareness as a source of visual metacognition bias. Consciousness & Cognition, 65, 152-168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2018.08.008

  • Barnhart, A. S., Ehlert, M. J., Goldinger, S. D., & Mackey, A. D. (2018) Cross-modal attentional entrainment: Insights from magicians. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80, 1240-1249. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-018-1497-8

  • Goldinger, S. D., Papesh, M. H., Barnhart, A. S., Hansen, W. A., & Hout, M. C. (2016). The poverty of embodied cognition. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23, 959-978. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-015-0860-1

  • Barnhart, A. S.& Goldinger, S. D. (2015). Orthographic and phonological neighborhood effects in handwritten word perception. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 1739-1745. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-015-0846-z

  • Barnhart, A. S. (2015). The culture of psychology and magic. In R. Blaskiewicz (Ed.), Magic in the classroom: Using extraordinary claims to teach critical thinking (pp. 58-63). Falls Church, VA: James Randi Educational Foundation.

  • Koy, K., Barnhart, T., & Barnhill, M. D. (2015). The skeptical teachers’ advice column. In R. Blaskiewicz (Ed.), Magic in the classroom: Using extraordinary claims to teach critical thinking (pp. 77-81). Falls Church, VA: James Randi Educational Foundation.

  • Barnhart, A. S. & Goldinger, S. D. (2014). Blinded by magic: Eye-movements reveal the misdirection of attention. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1461. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01461

  • Barnhart, A. S. & Goldinger, S. D. (2013). Rotation reveals the importance of configural cues in handwritten word perception. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 1319-1326. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-013-0435-y

  • Barnhart, A. S. (2010). The exploitation of Gestalt principles by magicians. Perception, 39, 1286-1289. https://doi.org/10.1068/p6766

  • Barnhart, A. S. & Goldinger, S. D. (2010). Interpreting chicken-scratch: Lexical access for handwritten words. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 906-923. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0019258

Presentations and Performances

( denotes undergraduate student collaborators)

Barnhart, A. S. (2020, March). Magic in the lab: Psychological insights from magicians. Invited talk at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE.

Barnhart, A. S., Cameron, E. L., & Robbins, A. (2020, February). Workshop Wednesdays: Sensation & Perception demonstrations for grounding abstract principles and enhancing quantitative reasoning. Talk presented at the annual Midwestern Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2019, October). Gestalt magic: The exploitation of perceptual hypotheses. Invited talk at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.

Barnhart, A. S., Ehlert M. J., Goldinger, S. D., & Mackey, A. D. (2019, August). Auditory entrainment effects on visual attention: Insights from magicians. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Chicago, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2019, July). Magic in the classroom: Fooling students into thinking critically. Workshop presented at the biennial meeting of the Science of Magic Association in Chicago, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. & King, M. (2019, July). A conversation with Mac King. Publicly interviewed magician, Mac King, at the biennial meeting of the Science of Magic Association in Chicago, IL.

Krahn-Bockhop, O. M., Barnhart, A. S., Griser, N., Hendrix, C., Schuler, M., Andrews, J., Rudnick, D., & Utter, J. K. (2019, July). Misdirected by gender: The impact of performer gender on perceptions of a magic performance. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Science of Magic Association in Chicago, IL.

Krupa, D. J., Barnhart, A. S., Duckert, C., Ruediger, A. N., & Fitzpatrick, L. C. C. (2019, July). The symmetry of deception: When symmetrical action shifts event boundaries. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Science of Magic Association in Chicago, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2019, May). The magical misdirection of attention in time. Presentation at the Vision Sciences Society “Demo Night” event in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Barnhart, A. S., Krupa, D., & Duckert, C. (2019, May). The symmetry of deception: Symmetrical action influences awareness by shifting event boundaries. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2019, April). Magical contributions to the study of spatio-temporal attention. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, IL.

Barnhart, A. S., Cameron, E. L., Munk, D., Robbins, A., & Sylaska, K. (2019, February). The benefits of team-teaching Introduction to Psychological Science. Talk presented at the Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2019, January). Magic in the classroom: Fooling students into thinking critically. Talk presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Barnhart, A. S. & Duckert, C.◊ (2018, November). The symmetry of deception: Predictability reduces attention toward symmetrical actions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in New Orleans, LA.

Stone, G. & Barnhart, A. S. (2018, November). On the dynamics of consonants and vowels in visual word recognition. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in New Orleans, LA.

Barnhart, A. S. (2018, October). The psychological science of magic. Invited talk at Beloit College, Beloit, WI.

Barnhart, A. S. (2018, February). Magic in the classroom: Fooling students into thinking critically. Talk presented at the Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. & Ehlert, M. J., Goldinger, S. D., & Mackey, A. D. (2017, November) Cross-modal attentional entrainment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Vancouver, B.C.

Barnhart, A. S. (2017, October). What attention researchers can learn from magicians. Invited talk at Cognitive Brownbag, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2017, August). Tracking the ‘off-beat’: Magical contributions to the study of temporal attention. Talk presented at the meeting of the Science of Magic Association in London, U.K.

Barnhart, A. S. (2017, August). The symmetry of deception: Predictability reduces attention toward symmetrical actions. Poster presented at the meeting of the Science of Magic Association in London, U.K.

Barnhart, A. S. (2017, July). Viewing psychology through the lens of performance magic. Invited talk at Vancouver International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Vancouver, B.C.

Barnhart, A. S. (2017, April). What attention researchers can learn from magicians. Invited talk at Visual Cognition Brownbag, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL.

Barnhart, A. S., Goldinger, S. D., & Steinert, A. M. (2016, November). The cockeyed Thatcher effect: The relationship of global and local feature orientations affects face processing. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Boston, MA.

Barnhart, A. S. (2016, November). Blinded by the magic: Understanding attention and perception through the methods of magicians. Invited talk at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI.

Barnhart, A. S., Costela, F., McCamy, M. B., Martinez-Conde, S., Macknik, S. L., & Goldinger, S. D. (2016, May). Making the covert overt: Eye-movements reveal the misdirection of gaze and attention. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Barnhart, A. S. (2016, February). The cognitive science of magic. Invited talk at Arizona Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Barnhart, A. S., Costela, F., McCamy, M. B., Martinez-Conde, S., Macknik, S. L., & Goldinger, S. D. (2015, November). Making the covert overt: Eye-movements reveal the misdirection of gaze and attention. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Chicago, IL.

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