Dr Gustav Kuhn

Staff details

Position Reader in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email g.kuhn (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7296 4388
Dr Gustav Kuhn

Summary

Gustav is a Reader in Psychology at Goldsmiths, where he the Chair of the Recruitment Outreach and Marketing Committee. He is also president of the Science of Magic Association (SOMA) and a member of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) and the Magic Circle (M.M.C).

He has contributed to several diverse research areas, including social cognition, consciousness, attention, illusory experiences, magical thinking, free will, misdirection and a range of areas related to the scientific study of magic. The breadth of his work is not only seen in scientific contributions, but also in his engagement to bring science to the public, and bridging the gap between magic and science. Visit https://www.magicresearchlab.com for more information about the research lab.

Grants and Awards

Gustav has received external grant funding from a variety of organisations to support his work including: Swiss National Science Foundation, Australian Research Council, Experimental Psychology Society.

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Gustav has worked extensively to support science communication and the application of psychological insights to the real world. Some examples include:
• Organising public workshops and conferences designed to connect the wider public with relevant research related to the science of magic and consulted on pubic science exhibitions (e.g. Wellcome trust)
• Regular engagement in public-facing events including festivals, lectures, school events,
• Involvement with a range of media presentations including features in major outlets in USA, Europe, Example outlets include: BBC (radio, television, and online media), Wired, Guardian, New Scientist. Scientific American, Nautilus

 

Research Interests

Gustav’s main themes of research relate to the study of social cognition, consciousness, attention, illusory experiences, magical thinking, free will. He is a member of our Cognition and Neuroscience Group and our Science of the Creative and Performing Arts Group. Key areas of interest are listed below. For full details on projects see https://www.magicresearchlab.com/projects

• Consciousness
• Attention
• Social cognition
• Eye movements
• Misdirection
• Magical Beliefs
• Forcing and Free Will
• Magic and Wellbeing
• Metacognition
• Deception

Publications

Article

Magical potential: Why magic performances should be used to explore the psychological factors contributing to human belief formation
Mohr, Christine; Lesaffer, L and Kuhn, Gustav. 2019. Magical potential: Why magic performances should be used to explore the psychological factors contributing to human belief formation. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 53(1), pp. 126-137. ISSN 1932-4502

Why are you looking at me? It’s because I’m talking, but mostly because I’m staring or not doing much
Scott, Hannah; Batton, Jonathan P. and Kuhn, Gustav. 2019. Why are you looking at me? It’s because I’m talking, but mostly because I’m staring or not doing much. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81(1), pp. 109-118. ISSN 1943-3921

Fake science: The impact of pseudo-psychological demonstrations on people’s beliefs in psychological principles
Lan, Yuxuan; Mohr, Christine; Hu, Xiaomeng and Kuhn, Gustav. 2018. Fake science: The impact of pseudo-psychological demonstrations on people’s beliefs in psychological principles. PLOS One, 13(11),

Magic Performances – When Explained in Psychic Terms by University Students
Lesaffre, Lise; Kuhn, Gustav; Abu-Akel, Ahmad; Rochat, Déborah and Mohr, Christine. 2018. Magic Performances – When Explained in Psychic Terms by University Students. Frontiers in Psychology, 9,

Mental states modulate gaze following, but not automatically.
Kuhn, Gustav; Vacaityte, Ieva; D’Souza, Antonia D. C; Millett, Abbie and Cole, Geoff G.. 2018. Mental states modulate gaze following, but not automatically. Cognition, 180, pp. 1-9. ISSN 0010-0277

Studying ‘natural’ eye movements in an ‘unnatural’ social environment: The influence of social activity, framing, and sub-clinical traits on gaze aversion
Mansour, Hassan and Kuhn, Gustav. 2018. Studying ‘natural’ eye movements in an ‘unnatural’ social environment: The influence of social activity, framing, and sub-clinical traits on gaze aversion. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, ISSN 1747-0218

Exploiting failures in metacognition through magic: Visual awareness as a source of visual metacognition bias
Ortega, J.; Montañesa, P.; Barnhart, A. and Kuhn, Gustav. 2018. Exploiting failures in metacognition through magic: Visual awareness as a source of visual metacognition bias. Consciousness and Cognition, 65, pp. 152-168. ISSN 1053-8100

Why Game Designers Should Study Magic
Kumari, S.; Deterding, S. and Kuhn, Gustav. 2018. Why Game Designers Should Study Magic. Foundations of Digital Games 2018 (FDG18), August 7–10, 2018, Malmö, Sweden. ACM, New York, NY, USA,

The Flushtration Count Illusion: Attribute substitution tricks our interpretation of a simple visual event sequence
Thomas, C.; Didierjean, A and Kuhn, Gustav. 2018. The Flushtration Count Illusion: Attribute substitution tricks our interpretation of a simple visual event sequence. British Journal of Psychology, 109(4), pp. 850-861. ISSN 0007-1269

It is magic! How impossible solutions prevent the discovery of obvious ones?
Thomas, C; Didierjean, A and Kuhn, Gustav. 2018. It is magic! How impossible solutions prevent the discovery of obvious ones? The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, ISSN 1747-0218

The magic hand: plasticity of mental hand representation
Cocchini, Gianna; Galligan, Toni; Mora, Laura and Kuhn, Gustav. 2018. The magic hand: plasticity of mental hand representation. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(11), pp. 2314-2324. ISSN 1747-0218

Oculomotor atypicalities in Developmental Coordination Disorder
Sumner, Emma; Hutton, Samuel B.; Kuhn, Gustav and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2017. Oculomotor atypicalities in Developmental Coordination Disorder. Developmental Science, 21(1), e12501. ISSN 1363 755X

Don't get misdirected! Differences in overt and covert attentional inhibition between children and adults.
Kuhn, Gustav and Teszka, Robert. 2017. Don't get misdirected! Differences in overt and covert attentional inhibition between children and adults. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, pp. 1-9. ISSN 1747-0218

Own-age biases in adults’ and children’s joint attention: Biased face prioritization, but not gaze following!
Freebody, Susannah and Kuhn, Gustav. 2016. Own-age biases in adults’ and children’s joint attention: Biased face prioritization, but not gaze following! The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(2), pp. 372-379. ISSN 1747-0218

Exercise-Induced Fatigue and Caffeine Supplementation Affect Psychomotor Performance but Not Covert Visuo-Spatial Attention
Sakakibara, Manabu; Connell, Charlotte J. W.; Thompson, Benjamin; Kuhn, Gustav and Gant, Nicholas. 2016. Exercise-Induced Fatigue and Caffeine Supplementation Affect Psychomotor Performance but Not Covert Visuo-Spatial Attention. PLOS ONE, 11(10), pp. 1-19. ISSN 1932-6203

Editorial: The Psychology of Magic and the Magic of Psychology
Kuhn, Gustav; Olson, Jay A. and Raz, Amir. 2016. Editorial: The Psychology of Magic and the Magic of Psychology. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, p. 1358. ISSN 1664-1078

Real person interaction in visual attention research.
Cole, Geoff G.; Skarratt, Paul A. and Kuhn, Gustav. 2016. Real person interaction in visual attention research. European Psychologist, 21(2), pp. 141-149. ISSN 1016-9040

Fatigue related impairments in oculomotor control are prevented by caffeine
Connell, Charlotte J. W.; Thompson, Benjamin; Claffey, Michael P.; Duncan, Shelley; Kuhn, Gustav and Gant, Nicholas. 2016. Fatigue related impairments in oculomotor control are prevented by caffeine. Scientific Reports, 6, p. 26614. ISSN 2045-2322

Real Person Interaction in Visual Attention Research
Cole, Geoff G.; Skarratt, Paul A. and Kuhn, Gustav. 2016. Real Person Interaction in Visual Attention Research. European Psychologist, 21(2), pp. 141-149. ISSN 1016-9040

The Vanishing Ball Illusion: A new perspective on the perception of dynamic events
Kuhn, Gustav and Rensink, Ronald A.. 2016. The Vanishing Ball Illusion: A new perspective on the perception of dynamic events. Cognition, 148, pp. 64-70. ISSN 0010-0277

Rare” Emotive Faces and Attentional Orienting
Kuhn, Gustav; Pickering, Alan and Cole, Geoff G.. 2016. Rare” Emotive Faces and Attentional Orienting. Emotion, 16(1), pp. 1-5. ISSN 1528-3542

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

A framework for using magic to study the mind
Rensink, Ronald A. and Kuhn, Gustav. 2015. A framework for using magic to study the mind. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, ISSN 1664-1078

Priming psychic and conjuring abilities of a magic demonstration influences event interpretation and random number generation biases
Mohr, Christine; Koutrakis, Nikolaos and Kuhn, Gustav. 2015. Priming psychic and conjuring abilities of a magic demonstration influences event interpretation and random number generation biases. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(1542), pp. 1-8. ISSN 1664-1078

The possibility of a science of magic
Rensink, Ronald A. and Kuhn, Gustav. 2015. The possibility of a science of magic. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, ISSN 1664-1078

Age-related decline in the reflexive component of overt gaze following
Kuhn, Gustav; Pagano, Amber; Maani, Sumaya and Bunce, David. 2015. Age-related decline in the reflexive component of overt gaze following. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68(6), pp. 1073-1081. ISSN 1747-0218

A psychologically-based taxonomy of misdirection
Kuhn, Gustav; Caffaratti, Hugo A.; Teszka, Robert and Rensink, Ronald A.. 2014. A psychologically-based taxonomy of misdirection. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(1392), pp. 1-14. ISSN 1664-1078

Expertise among professional magicians: an interview study
Rissanen, Olli; Pitkänen, Petteri; Juvonen, Antti; Kuhn, Gustav and Hakkarainen, Kai. 2014. Expertise among professional magicians: an interview study. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(1484), pp. 1-4. ISSN 1664-1078

Telling people where to look in a soccer-based decision task: A nomothetic approach.
Bishop, D.; Kuhn, Gustav and Matron, C.. 2014. Telling people where to look in a soccer-based decision task: A nomothetic approach. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 7(2), pp. 1-13.

Personal Social Networks and the Cultivation of Expertise in Magic: An Interview Study
Rissanen, Olli; Palonen, Tuire; Pitkänen, Petteri; Kuhn, Gustav and Hakkarainen, Kai. 2013. Personal Social Networks and the Cultivation of Expertise in Magic: An Interview Study. Vocations and Learning, 6(3), pp. 347-365. ISSN 1874-785X

Eye Movement Difficulties in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Implications for Implicit Contextual Learning
Kourkoulou, Anastasia; Kuhn, Gustav; Findlay, John M. and Leekam, Susan R.. 2013. Eye Movement Difficulties in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Implications for Implicit Contextual Learning. Autism Research, 6(3), pp. 177-189. ISSN 1939-3792

Visual cognition during real social interaction
Skarratt, Paul A.; Cole, Geoff G. and Kuhn, Gustav. 2012. Visual cognition during real social interaction. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6(196), pp. 1-9. ISSN 1662-5161

Misdirection - past, present, and the future
Kuhn, Gustav and Martinez, L. M.. 2012. Misdirection - past, present, and the future. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5,

Potential social interactions are important to social attention
Laidlaw, K. E. W.; Foulsham, T.; Kuhn, Gustav and Kingstone, A.. 2011. Potential social interactions are important to social attention. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(14), pp. 5548-5553.

The Magic Grasp: Motor Expertise in Deception
Cavina-Pratesi, C.; Kuhn, Gustav; Ietswaart, M. and Milner, A. D.. 2011. The Magic Grasp: Motor Expertise in Deception. Plos One, 6(2), e16568-e16568.

Developmental changes in the control of saccadic eye movements in response to directional eye gaze and arrows
Kuhn, Gustav; Tewson, L.; Morpurgo, L.; Freebody, S. F.; Musil, A. S. and Leekam, S. R.. 2011. Developmental changes in the control of saccadic eye movements in response to directional eye gaze and arrows. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64(10), pp. 1919-1929.

Increased gaze following for fearful faces. It depends on what you're looking for!
Kuhn, Gustav and Tipples, J.. 2011. Increased gaze following for fearful faces. It depends on what you're looking for! Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18(1), pp. 89-95.

Misdirected by the gap: The relationship between inattentional blindness and attentional misdirection
Kuhn, Gustav and Tatler, Benjamin W.. 2011. Misdirected by the gap: The relationship between inattentional blindness and attentional misdirection. Consciousness and Cognition, 20(2), pp. 432-436.

Non-transient luminance changes do not capture attention
Cole, Geoff G.; Kuhn, Gustav and Skarratt, Paul A.. 2011. Non-transient luminance changes do not capture attention. Attention Perception & Psychophysics, 73(5), pp. 1407-1421.

Attentional capture by object appearance and disappearance
Cole, G. G. and Kuhn, Gustav. 2010. Attentional capture by object appearance and disappearance. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63(1), pp. 147-159.

What the experimenter's prime tells the observer's brain
Cole, G. G. and Kuhn, Gustav. 2010. What the experimenter's prime tells the observer's brain. Attention Perception & Psychophysics, 72(5), pp. 1367-1376.

The role of attention in a masked-prime effect
Cole, G. G. and Kuhn, Gustav. 2010. The role of attention in a masked-prime effect. Perception, 39, p. 81.

Eye movements affirm: automatic overt gaze and arrow cueing for typical adults and adults with autism spectrum disorder
Kuhn, Gustav; Benson, V.; Fletcher-Watson, S.; Kovshoff, H.; McCormick, C. A.; Kirkby, J. and Leekam, S. R.. 2010. Eye movements affirm: automatic overt gaze and arrow cueing for typical adults and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Experimental Brain Research, 201(2), pp. 155-165.

Misdirection, attention and awareness: Inattentional blindness reveals temporal relationship between eye movements and visual awareness
Kuhn, Gustav and Findlay, J. M.. 2010. Misdirection, attention and awareness: Inattentional blindness reveals temporal relationship between eye movements and visual awareness. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63(1), pp. 136-146.

How Magic Changes Our Expectations About Autism
Kuhn, Gustav; Kourkoulou, A. and Leekam, S. R.. 2010. How Magic Changes Our Expectations About Autism. Psychological Science, 21(10), pp. 1487-1493. ISSN 0956-7976

Look away! Eyes and arrows engage oculomotor responses automatically
Kuhn, Gustav and Kingstone, A.. 2009. Look away! Eyes and arrows engage oculomotor responses automatically. Attention Perception & Psychophysics, 71(2), pp. 314-327.

The Prioritization of Feature Singletons in the Change Detection Paradigm
Cole, G. G.; Kuhn, Gustav; Heywood, C. A. and Kentridge, R. W.. 2009. The Prioritization of Feature Singletons in the Change Detection Paradigm. Experimental Psychology, 56(2), pp. 134-146.

Imaging the impossible: An fMRI study of impossible causal relationships in magic tricks
Parris, B. A.; Kuhn, G.; Mizon, G. A.; Benattayallah, A. and Hodgson, T. L.. 2009. Imaging the impossible: An fMRI study of impossible causal relationships in magic tricks. Neuroimage, 45(3), pp. 1033-1039.

Learning non-local dependencies
Kuhn, Gustav and Dienes, Z.. 2008. Learning non-local dependencies. Cognition, 106(1), pp. 184-206.

Towards a science of magic
Kuhn, Gustav; Amlani, A. A. and Rensink, R. A.. 2008. Towards a science of magic. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(9), pp. 349-354. ISSN 1364-6613

Misdirection in magic: Implications for the relationship between eye gaze and attention
Kuhn, Gustav; Tatler, Benjamin W.; Findlay, John M. and Cole, Geoff G.. 2008. Misdirection in magic: Implications for the relationship between eye gaze and attention. Visual Cognition, 16(2-3), pp. 391-405. ISSN 1350-6285

The influence of eye-gaze and arrow pointing distractor cues on voluntary eye movements
Kuhn, Gustav and Benson, V.. 2007. The influence of eye-gaze and arrow pointing distractor cues on voluntary eye movements. Perception & Psychophysics, 69(6), pp. 966-971.

Differences in the types of musical regularity learnt in incidental- and intentional-learning conditions
Kuhn, Gustav and Dienes, Z.. 2006. Differences in the types of musical regularity learnt in incidental- and intentional-learning conditions. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59(10), pp. 1725-1744.

There's more to magic than meets the eye
Kuhn, Gustav and Land, Michael F.. 2006. There's more to magic than meets the eye. Current Biology, 16(22), R950-R951. ISSN 0960-9822

Implicit learning of nonlocal musical rules: Implicitly learning more than chunks
Kuhn, Gustav and Dienes, Z.. 2005. Implicit learning of nonlocal musical rules: Implicitly learning more than chunks. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Learning Memory and Cognition, 31(6), pp. 1417-1432.

Magic and fixation: Now you don't see it, now you do
Kuhn, Gustav and Tatler, B. W.. 2005. Magic and fixation: Now you don't see it, now you do. Perception, 34(9), pp. 1155-1161.

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