Susana Martinez-Conde (born October 1, 1969) is a neuroscientist and science writer. She is a professor of ophthalmology, neurology, and physiology & pharmacology at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, where she directs the Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience. She directed laboratories previously at the Barrow Neurological Institute and University College London. Her research bridges perceptual, cognitive, and oculomotor neuroscience. She is best known for her studies on illusions, eye movements and perception, neurological disorders, and attentional misdirection in stage magic.
Martinez-Conde studies the effects of attention on visual perception, and the neural bases of attention and visual awareness.
In addition to being a regular contributor to Scientific American, Martinez-Conde has co-authored two books:
- Macknik, Stephen L.; Martinez-Conde, Susana; Blakeslee, Sandra (2011). Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions (1st Picador ed.). New York: Picador. ISBN0312611676.
- Martinez-Conde, Susana; Macknik, Stephen L. (2017). Champions of Illusion: The best illusions of the 21st Century. Scientific American – Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Sleights of Mind has been called “a very cool read” by J. J. Abrams. It was listed as one of the 36 Best Books of the year by The Evening Standard, London, and received the Prisma Prize to the Best Science Book of the year.