College of Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series
Peter Hancock, Ph.D.
Pegasus Professor, Provost Distinguished Research Professor, and Trustee Chair
Department of Psychology
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd.
Winter Springs, FL 32708
Sleights of Mind: Mysteries & Myths of Cognitive Deception
Abstract: Deceiving the eye can be fun; it is the basis of much of what we consider ‘magical’ entertainment. These deceptions require a complex understanding of human sensory, perceptual and attentional capabilities. However, there is another more fascinating side to deception. This involves deceiving the mind.
In this presentation I will discuss these various psychological processes and how we can see them at play. But beyond even these fascinating stories lies the rather darker question of how and when we deceive ourselves. Do we deceive our own decision-making what happens when we do? This is an appeal to undeceive ourselves. I hope that you will enjoy trying to do that.