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dc.contributor.authorWiseman, Richard
dc.contributor.authorWatt, Caroline
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-08T01:14:57Z
dc.date.available2019-01-08T01:14:57Z
dc.date.issued2018-12-06
dc.identifier.citationWiseman , R & Watt , C 2018 , ' Achieving the impossible : A review of magic-based interventions and their effects on wellbeing ' , PeerJ , vol. 6 , no. 12 , e6081 , pp. e6081 . https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.6081
dc.identifier.issn2167-8359
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/20919
dc.description.abstractResearch has demonstrated that involvement with mainstream performing arts, such as music and dance, can boost wellbeing. This article extends this work by reviewing little-known research on whether learning magic tricks can have an equally beneficial effect. We first present an historic overview of several magic-based interventions created by magicians, psychologists and occupational therapists. We then identify the potential benefits of such interventions, and review studies that have attempted to systematically assess these interventions. The studies have mostly revealed beneficial outcomes, but much of the work is of poor methodological quality (involving small numbers of participants and no control group), and has tended to focus on clinical populations. Finally, we present guidelines for future research in the area, emphasizing the need for more systematic and better-controlled studies.en
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofPeerJ
dc.subjectHealth
dc.subjectIntervention
dc.subjectMagic tricks
dc.subjectOccupational therapy
dc.subjectPerforming arts
dc.subjectPsychology
dc.subjectNeuroscience(all)
dc.subjectBiochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
dc.subjectAgricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
dc.titleAchieving the impossible : A review of magic-based interventions and their effects on wellbeingen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Postgraduate Medicine
dc.contributor.institutionLearning, Memory and Thinking
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
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