You know that feeling that you get when certain things are about to happen—like your boss is going to walk into your office while you’re Facebook surfing or when you’re thinking about an old friend and she calls you that day? Researchers at Northwestern University say it’s because your body may have a bit of psychic ability.
The researchers looked at results from 26 different studies and published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Perception Science. Researchers say their analysis suggests that if you are tuned into your body you might be able to feel the anticipatory changes between two and 10 seconds before something is going to happen — like your boss walking in on your Facebook time. With a little practice, you might just be able to tap in to that ‘sense’ and unminimize that spreadsheet before she enters the room.
Test subjects in the studies showed changes in cardio, electrical measurements in their skin and brain waves up to 10 seconds before a randomly chosen stimuli was about to occur, which suggests that the subjects somehow were able to sense something was going to happen. The researchers say their analysis of the data put the odds of their findings being the result of coincidence at 400 billion to one.
“I like to call the phenomenon ‘anomalous anticipatory activity,'” says study author Julia Mossbridge. “The phenomenon is anomalous, some scientists argue, because we can’t explain it using present-day understanding about how biology works, though explanations related to recent quantum biological findings could potentially make sense. It’s anticipatory because it seems to predict future physiological changes in response to an important event without any known clues, and it’s an activity because it consists of changes in the cardiopulmonary, skin and nervous systems.”