Mapping Cognition to Software Modelling & Testing

Have you ever wondered how how a study of magic and prestidigitation can improve your software testing? Alan Richardson did, and that’s why he talked his way into the Magic Circle in London; and for a year was able to access their reference library and weekly lectures, a privilege normally reserved only for professional magicians. This enabled Alan to learn how to reverse engineer the process of observing the performance of magic and develop techniques which he applied directly to improve his Technical Testing process.


Have you ever wondered how a study of cognition could improve your magic performance? Gustav Kuhn did, and as a Cognitive Psychologist he explores ways in which magicians allow you to experience the impossible. His research lab uses magic to study a wide range questions about human cognition. For example, why is your mind so easily tricked? How can magicians misdirect your attention, and why is your experience distorted by perceptual, attentional and other more general cognitive illusions?


In this workshop, co-presented by Gustav and Alan, they will explore the wonder of magic and cognition and map it on to the process of testing, understanding, and manipulating systems.

Gustav-KuhnCo-Presenter Gustav Kuhn, Goldsmiths University of London, UK