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Robert Teszka

Staff details

PositionPhD Student
Department Psychology
Email rob.teszka (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7078 xxxx
Robert Teszka

Robert Teszka's PhD is under the supervision of Dr. Gustav Kuhn and Dr. Jan de Fockert. Rob is a member of the APRU, as well as the Magic Circle.

His research is focused on how attention and awareness are influenced though magician's techniques of misdirection. The research framework for studying misdirection is based on three facets of human psychology: perception, memory, and reasoning. This framework informs the creation of experiments that explore aspects of awareness, such as how our attention is shifted during social interactions, or how we attend to actions which make sense versus those that have no explanation. The main measurements of participant behaviour are introspective questionnaires and both static and mobile eyetracking, which are used to compare where people look and what they perceive.

Rob is active on Twitter @RobTeszka, and promotes academic psychology in the public sphere through public lectures, events, magic performances, and private consulting.

Academic qualifications

M.Sc. University College London, 2011

B.Sc. University of British Columbia, 2008

Teaching

Rob's teaching includes 1st Year tutorials for the standard and Cognitive Neuroscience streams of Psychology, as well as 3rd Year tutorials for the Magic and Mind module. He has also provided statistics and research methods support, and supervised project students.

Research Interests

Currently using conjuring & magic tricks in combination with eye-tracking technology to study the following areas:

  • attention & awareness
  • social attention
  • consciousness

Other areas of interest:

  • metacognition
  • consciousness
  • decision-making
  • narrative

Publications

Article

Don’t be fooled! Attentional responses to social cues in a face-to-face and video magic trick reveals greater top-down control for overt than covert attention
Kuhn, Gustav; Teszka, Robert; Tenaw, Natalia and Kingstone, Alan. 2016. Don’t be fooled! Attentional responses to social cues in a face-to-face and video magic trick reveals greater top-down control for overt than covert attention. Cognition, 146, pp. 136-142. ISSN 0010-0277

Don’t be fooled. Don’t be fooled! Attentional responses to social cues in a face-to-face and video magic trick reveals greater top-down control for overt than covert attention
Kuhn, Gustav; Teszka, Robert; Tenaw, Natalia and Kingstone, Alan. 2016. Don’t be fooled. Don’t be fooled! Attentional responses to social cues in a face-to-face and video magic trick reveals greater top-down control for overt than covert attention. Cognition, 146, pp. 136-142. ISSN 0010-0277

Attentional capture by spoken language: effects on netballers’ visual task performance
Bishop, Daniel Tony; Moore, Sarah; Horne, Sara and Teszka, Robert. 2014. Attentional capture by spoken language: effects on netballers’ visual task performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 32(17), pp. 1611-1620. ISSN 0264-0414