Bioscience

Autism Study Could Find Answers in Magic

November 10, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: ABC News] – The magician placed a coin atop an airtight rubber seal on a cup and — abracadabra — the shiny piece fell to the bottom of the cup.

But he didn’t fool 8-year-old Stephen Shore, who was the only one among his fellow Boy Scouts who saw through the magic trick.

“People didn’t see the slit in the piece of rubber,” said Shore, now 48 and an assistant professor of special education teacher at New York’s Adelphi University. “I went up and just kind of pushed my finger into the slit.”

Illusions are the stock and trade of magicians but researchers at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., want to know why people like Shore, who fall along the autism spectrum, are not so easily fooled.

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