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Dazzled by the mystery of mentalism: The cognitive neuroscience of mental athletes

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2017. Vol. 11. No. 287. P. 1-3.
Rieznik A., Lebedev M., Sigman M.

Neural processing by mental athletes (MAs) has received attention from Neuroscience community, with several publications examining superior memorizers (Maguire et al., 2003; Bor et al., 2008), lighting calculators (Pesenti et al., 2001; Fehr et al., 2010), and savants (Treffert, 2009). In this opinion, we contend that the presumption of extraordinary abilities in MAs is fundamentally flawed because their demonstrations involve tricks that regular individuals can learn. Since, these tricks easily escape the scrutiny of investigators, a high standard of rigor should be applied to research on MAs.