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Can Our Bodies Predict the Future?

People’s bodies know a big event is coming just before it happens, at least according to a new study.

If true, the research, published Oct. 17 in the journal Frontiers of Perception, suggests something fundamental about the laws of nature has yet to be discovered.

“The claim is that events can be predicted without any cues,” said Julia Mossbridge, a Northwestern University neuroscientist who co-authored the study. “This evidence suggests the effect is real but small. So the question is: How does it work?”

Other scientists are skeptical of this interpretation, however. They suggest some bias in which studies get published could play a role in seeing an effect where there is none.

Real effect?

Many studies have shown that physical responses including heart rate, pupil dilation and brain activity change between one and 10 seconds before people see a scary image (like aslithering snake). In most of these experiments, frightening pictures were randomly interspersed with more-neutral ones, so that in theory participants didn’t have any clues about which photo would pop up next. But because the finding seemed so unnatural, those studies were understandably met with skepticism.

To see whether the effect was real, Mossbridge and her team analyzed over two dozen of these studies. As part of the analysis, they threw out any experiments in which they saw bias or flaws.

They still found a “presentiment” effect, in which measures of physiological excitement changed seconds before an event. The finding suggests that people’s bodies subconsciously sense the future when something important is about to happen, even if the people don’t know it.

For instance, if you were a day-trader betting lots of money on one stock, “10 seconds beforehand you might predict your stock tanking,” Mossbridge told LiveScience.

The paper doesn’t claim that people are psychic or have supernatural or paranormal powers. Instead, the authors believe presentiment is a real, physical effect that obeys natural laws — just ones that nobody understands, Mossbridge said. [Infographic: Belief in the Paranormal]

Researchers skeptical

But others doubt presentiment exists at all.

While the statistical methods used in the study are sound, that doesn’t mean presentiment is real, said Rufin VanRullen, a cognitive scientist at the Center for Research on the Brain and Cognition, in an email.

“All it means is that there is a statistical trend for scientists who search for these so-called presentiment effects to actually find them,” wrote VanRullen, who was not involved in the study.

Instead, it’s more likely that the experiments are biased, perhaps unintentionally, in a way the study authors missed, Kyle Elliott Mathewson, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said via email.

It’s also possible that scores of researchers looked for this result, failed to find it and forgot all about it, added Mathewson, who like VanRullen wasn’t involved in the study. Those studies would never be published, he said, so the overall effect in the published studies would be biased.

According to the researchers, in order for such bias to explain their results, at least 87 other unpublished studies would need to show no effect.

“Between psychology labs and parapsychology investigations, I can imagine this many failed experiments that go unreported easily,” Mathewson wrote.

10 Tips to Picking a Psychic Advisor

 

Finding the right psychic can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Thousands of online psychic advisors are literally just a mouse click away so it’s no surprise that searching for someone you not only trust, but also have a connection with, can feel overwhelming.

Although you may want a reading right away, have patience. It is worth taking time to do some basic research. You wouldn’t allow someone to renovate your home without checking their credentials first, so why would you trust just anyone to offer you support and guidance during times of heartache and confusion? Keeping these simple tips in mind will help you to discover which psychic advisor is right for you.

Whether you are searching for your soul mate or looking for advice on an upcoming job interview, be clear on the questions that you want answered. Most psychic companies now offer extensive profiles for each advisor, giving you the chance to explore their varied areas of expertise. There is a minimal benefit in seeking career advice from someone whose speciality is finding lost pets. Of course there is nothing wrong with having a general reading, but it is still important to find someone who covers subjects that are relevant to your needs.

Some psychics use tools such as the Tarot, Angel Oracle Cards or Runes to enhance their readings. Others simply tune into your voice and energy using their gifts in Clairaudience or Clairsentience, while Astrologers use your birth chart to offer detailed timings of specific events. Is there a method of reading that you feel drawn to? Remember each approach is specific to that particular reader and no one way is better than the other. It all comes down to your personal preference.

Creating a connection between the caller and psychic advisor is paramount to a successful reading. Almost every psychic website has photos of their psychics on display but some have even gone as far as to include audio and video clips. As you look through the profiles ask yourself if the reader and their specific psychic method resonate with you. Trust your gut. If you don’t get a good feeling, you won’t benefit from the reading. Be happy and comfortable with your choice.

Even within the same company, psychic advisors can charge vastly different amounts for their services. Consider your budget. More expensive does not necessarily mean better. Carefully work out what you want to pay for your reading and stick with it. If you choose someone that is slightly more expensive opt for a shorter reading.

Be realistic. Avoid anyone who promises 100% accuracy or promises to solve all your problems. If you are unhappy in your current job a psychic advisor isn’t going to be able to conjure up exciting career opportunities for you. They are there to talk with you about your strengths, weaknesses, or the best time to take action. Only you have the power to make positive changes in your life.

Have you ever heard the saying: “Jack of all trades, master of none”? Be wary of anyone claiming to be proficient in a wide range of topics. This doesn’t mean your advisor can’t have a wide range of interests but professional psychics tend to be highly skilled in one specific area.

A great way to get additional information about a psychic is to look at customer feedback. Are people happy with the service they received? Bear in mind that some companies have been known to remove unflattering reviews or pad out profiles with fake positive feedback. Read everything and ask yourself whether comments seem over the top or too good to be true. A good professional psychic advisor will have no problems building a positive and honest reputation.

Many websites now offer promotions where the first few minutes of a call are free. Use this time wisely to conduct a simple interview with the psychic advisor of your choice. Ask one very focused question to gauge their ability to tune in and give you a meaningful response.

It doesn’t matter if you choose a large, well-established psychic company or an independent advisor with their own website. Explore the website fully. Is the payment secure? Do they offer a money back guarantee? Do they have a customer care line? Call and make sure it is being answered. Use this as an opportunity to ask general questions about the services provided. This is also a great way to get a ‘feel’ for the company and how they ‘view’ their clients. Are you treated as a valued customer or are you an inconvenience. If you are made to feel uncomfortable don’t do business with that company or their readers.

Keep an open mind. Don’t close yourself off or refuse to answer a reasonable number of questions. Remember, you and your psychic advisor are a team, working together to find the best way to fight through life’s challenges