Sixth sense from a scientific point of view

According to a new study, which was published recently in the journal PLOS ONE, what many people call a "sixth sense", most likely - the result of changes in the fixation of the brain visual images that we can not clearly articulate for themselves.
"People are able to feel what they feel they can not see - for example, subtle changes in the appearance of a man - explained study co-author Houe Pearce University of Melbourne (Australia). - But there's nothing magical about it. What we call a "sixth sense", can be explained in terms of the well-known process visual information processing. "
Studies show that most people believe in supernatural powers, and more than half claim that once themselves experienced something paranormal.

Himself Houe interested in this topic, when one of his students said that supposedly has magical "sixth sense." "She assured me that can feel what you do not see. For example, she felt that her friend had an accident ".

Houe decided to conduct a series of experiments.

For one of them, the researcher and his colleagues have made a number of images that almost did not differ from each other except for small details - glasses, painted lips and TP.

Finished images showed 48 students: the first photo showed 1 and 5 seconds, then the second pause, and then the second photo. After that, students were asked to say whether they noticed any difference between pictures and if so, what was the difference (in this case accompanied by a list of options).

Almost all of the students noticed that the picture is different from each other, but few could tell what it was, even if the difference is striking. For example, one man was shot in the huge Mexican hat, and the other - without her. What to say about small details - hairstyle, glasses, and so on. Each time the students encountered a distinct feeling of change, but could not articulate it.

It brought Houe assumption that the brain registers the slightest changes in the visual image, including a light tone, color, and contrast of the slope of the lines - but do not translate them into one department, which is responsible for the ability of the verbalization of these changes.
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