Witch­ing hour

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

A new study ex­am­ines the spooky feel­ings elicited by ouija boards. Dan­ish re­searchers ex­am­ined the be­hav­iour of 40 ex­pe­ri­enced ouija board users, us­ing eye-track­ing de­vices to study their largely un­con­scious pre­dic­tive eye move­ments – ob­serv­ing whether par­tic­i­pants first looked at the let­ters they would later move the planchette to. Through track­ing par­tic­i­pants’ eye move­ments, re­searchers found that in pairs, at least one of them knew where the planchette was go­ing, al­beit un­con­sciously. In fact, re­searchers say, the “spooky” feel­ing ouija boards elicit is be­cause par­tic­i­pants take turns in pre­dict­ing the next let­ter, while un­der­es­ti­mat­ing their con­tri­bu­tion to the in­ter­ac­tion – that is, they don’t re­alise they’re the ones pick­ing the let­ters.

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