Does the sixth sense really help someone?

Sixth sense - can we really feel looks in our backs?

Feel your eyes on your neck. Some people claim they can. Whether it is psychic powers or superstition, this question has preoccupied science for decades.

See, hear, touch, smell and taste - most people are familiar with the classic five senses.

But some claim to have a sixth or even seventh sense that allows them to perceive things that most of us are denied.

The sixth sense is described in psychology and parapsychology as momentary extrasensory perception. We are talking, for example, of gut instinct, the invisible connection between mother and child or the ability to feel gazes behind you. People with a seventh sense can supposedly foresee future events, one speaks of premonitions or dreams of the future.

Truth or myth?

Science, on the other hand, has not been able to prove or disprove the existence of a sixth or seventh sense until today. For this reason, different theories are spreading.

The British para-scientist Rupert Sheldrake, for example, assumes that one can influence the development of structures with the help of so-called morphic fields and therefore the gaze of another person can also be felt in the neck or back.

Others assume electromagnetic fields or physical reactions in the environment. Still others are of the opinion that all people are connected by a network anyway - this does not mean the Internet.

In a gaze experiment carried out by Sheldrake several times, test subjects - sometimes spatially separated, sometimes not - were supposed to feel whether they were being stared at from behind or not. Although the hit rate was over 50 percent, his research cannot be interpreted as scientific evidence, but at most as confirmation that we can unconsciously perceive a lot more than we believe.

The three most plausible explanations:

Far from esoteric or parapsychological assumptions, three theories seem most plausible to us:

1. The subconscious

The classic five senses described above can absorb a lot more than we are sometimes aware of. So if we feel a look behind the neck, this can perhaps be easily traced back to our subconscious. We may have previously observed a tiny movement out of the corner of our eye, perceived the whiff of a scent note or a faint rustling in the background.

2. The “bad” conscience

Anyone who does what is forbidden feels observed per se. Cheaters, for example, want to stay hidden and that is precisely why they feel chased by glances. If you then turn around again and again because of sheer nervousness, in the end you will feel all the pairs of eyes focused on you.

3. The selective memory

Countless impressions patter on our brain all day, and so that it is not completely overwhelmed with this information, it makes its own selection. Only very specific impressions are saved.

So it is more likely than feeling glances on the back of the neck that our brain is only registering the moment when we turn around and really look at someone from behind. We have simply forgotten the situations in which we turned around and found no one behind us.

The fact is: There is no clear explanation for the feeling of looking behind you, but there are some plausible theories.

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