Humans- A Sixth Sense

“Ever get a gut feeling something just isn’t quite right, and make a decision accordingly? Science is beginning to suggest those instincts may have roots deep in the brain.

Research in young volunteers points to some kind of “sixth sense” — a mechanism in the brain that picks up on subtle clues, then sends out subconscious signals of trouble ahead.

The finding could help explain certain intuitive phenomena seen among humans. For example, in the recent Asian tsunami, aboriginal people sought out higher ground in the moments before the disaster, as did many wild animals. Could subtle changes in weather or the environment have warned them early on?

Just such an early warning system may exist in the anterior cingulate cortex, a brain area important in processing complex information, according to a report by psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis. Their findings appear in the Feb. 18 issue of the journal Science.”

I have a feeling that some of you will read this article. I am glad to see that my sixth sense is working. 😉

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1 Comment

  1. Irina Tsukerman February 18, 2005 at 11:47 pm

    You’re right!

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