Can Humans Sense Magnetic Fields?

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  • Opublikowany 18 mar 2019
  • Research has found some human brains can pick up on rotations of geomagnetic-strength fields as evidenced by drops in alpha wave power following stimulus. For more, see
    Huge thanks to:
    Prof. Shinsuke Shimojo, Connie Wang, and Isaac Hilburn, plus Prof. Joe Kirschvink. Their lab:
    Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
    Donal Botkin, James M Nicholson, Michael Krugman, Nathan Hansen, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd
    Additional filming by Whitney Clavin

Komentarze • 4 339

  • Dr. M. H.
    Dr. M. H. Dzień temu

    I LUVed it when the cameraman zoomed in as the scientist said "Notttt"! Lol

  • Will Jones
    Will Jones Dzień temu

    Is the brain picking up these magnetic changes, or is it something else that tells the brain how to react? Kind of like how the EEG would change if somebody pinched your arm.

  • ǰąɲƹŁŁƹ ɦɨŁŁɨąřȡ -

    This is one of my fears

  • Dal Kyne
    Dal Kyne Dzień temu

    Both my sister and I grew up scouring mountains and sailing every summer. However, while I have good orientation, she doesn't (but she has other strengths). I'm wondering how we'd both test out.

  • Phi1eap
    Phi1eap 2 dni temu


  • Turboslang
    Turboslang 2 dni temu

    Master Splinter

  • stefan sauvageon
    stefan sauvageon 2 dni temu +1

    He will become Doctor Magnhttan!

  • 2070ahmed
    2070ahmed 3 dni temu

    i wonder why she sounded sad while telling people not to think of it as a super power.

  • LittleRainGames
    LittleRainGames 3 dni temu

    If they cpuldnt reproduce it at princeton, maybe its because we now have all these signals flying around.
    Kind of like how the bees are being affected by wifi and other frequencies.

  • anil mangalan
    anil mangalan 3 dni temu

    If anybody is interested, the older generation people from Kerala, India, uses the cardinal directions for geographic references.

  • Emil Rensen
    Emil Rensen 3 dni temu

    I wonder what would happen if we were to suddendly experience a total absence of all magnetic fields. Would we maybe feel it without knowing what it is we are feeling? E.g. get dizzy or something like that?

  • RubberFistFight
    RubberFistFight 3 dni temu

    I'm reminded of the time travel boxes from the movie "Primer".
    So which timeline are you from, Derek? :P
    Also, considering the brain is a massive electrical network that is very sensitive to changes in it's own electrical field (see: the spreading wave of cortical depolarisation that heralds a migraine headache, for example) it makes some kinda sense that it would react to changes in the surrounding magnetic field as well, since electricity and magnetism are both part of the electromagnetic force. They've also shown that transcranial magnetic stimulation can make people feel odd although the mechanism is different and a lot more focused than that seen here.
    I guess the question is HOW sensitive is the brain to these changes, and if there's any kind of potential usability there. Glad they're looking into it though.

  • Craig Dallas
    Craig Dallas 3 dni temu +1

    You need to talk to me.

  • Create ShareLive
    Create ShareLive 4 dni temu

    Human brains have millions of biomagnetites just as birds do. We don’t consciously sense it and wouldn’t know what to do with it if we could.

  • SrmthfgRockLee
    SrmthfgRockLee 5 dni temu


  • Ed
    Ed 5 dni temu +1

    Before watching the video... I used to live near a power generating station... I can say yes, you can feel it... A lot. Pretty sure when a generator first powers up. It would mess with me all the time, it sucked

    • Ed
      Ed 3 dni temu +1

      +Lishtenbird best way to explain would be feeling a wave go through you. Almost like you are going to or did pass out. I hated it

    • Lishtenbird
      Lishtenbird 3 dni temu

      What would be the symptoms?

  • kazzit chang
    kazzit chang 5 dni temu

    Did they make sure that it's our brain not the equipment that is sensing magnetic field? EM drive experiments made similar mistake and BOOO.

  • Mehmet Baran
    Mehmet Baran 5 dni temu

    here is a test for you
    take a nippers in your hand and move it slowly to your nose extremely closely with your eyes closed.this always works for me

  • Balys
    Balys 6 dni temu +1

    They should really consider running the same study on a blind person

  • Dwij Gurram
    Dwij Gurram 6 dni temu

    Disturbance in Magnetic field of the earth might influence the repeatability of the experiment

  • Wot Mate
    Wot Mate 6 dni temu

    1:29 hahahhaa

  • Sebastian J
    Sebastian J 7 dni temu

    No wonder I poop facing north...

  • George Washington
    George Washington 7 dni temu

    Yes human can sens magnetic field. It requires a little practice to deferential from other experiences and they do not need any extra equipment. For start use very strong neodymium magnet and move your finger around it with closed eyes.

  • ShoveItFlaka
    ShoveItFlaka 8 dni temu

    Man I have been once directly next to a 7 Tesla MRI scanner and i tell you, you can feel that (insanely strong) magnetic field. It was absoltely weird, it felt like some sort of spirit going through my body. sounds crazy but I really dont know what words to use to describe that feeling.

  • Pferdekopfnebel
    Pferdekopfnebel 8 dni temu

    Do the changing magnetic fields not influence the measurement itself (is the measurement influenced, if there is no person under the cap)?

  • Tiavor Kuroma
    Tiavor Kuroma 8 dni temu

    I noticed that I can navigate much better in open spaces like city and forest than inside an industry manufacturing building.

  • C C
    C C 8 dni temu

    Doc Brown.

  • Ryan Copetti
    Ryan Copetti 9 dni temu

    0:58, I expected to hear a japanese accent from her, didn't know she's that good in english

    • FairyRat
      FairyRat 8 dni temu

      Come on man. Wang is a Chinese name.

  • Shiben
    Shiben 9 dni temu +1

    No problem, a dog is pooping. We are pooping while watching anyway.

  • Oldën Grimsey
    Oldën Grimsey 9 dni temu +1

    Can I go there be experimented upon???! haha

  • Kibuigut Barsirian Kenduywa Arap Sing'oe

    you look like a typpical Afrikaan...look alike with Elon Musk

  • Ian Buck
    Ian Buck 10 dni temu

    "Whose chair is that" was my first question too! 😆

  • Ian Buck
    Ian Buck 10 dni temu

    Am I correct in understanding that the chamber only rotates the magnetic field around the yaw axis, not pitch and roll?

  • heinzerbrew
    heinzerbrew 10 dni temu

    In the olden days, people spent a lot of time outside, and the sun was frequently visible. It is possible to tell where north, south, east, and west are based on the location of the Sun. Humans are also capable of remembering information. When the Sun was not visible they were able to remember where North was located based on the last time the Sun was visible.

  • Zeutrus Bd
    Zeutrus Bd 10 dni temu

    What if the changed magnetic field just messes with our cells and gives the impression that we sense magnetic fields.. it might for example just be receptors in our eyes/ears sending false signals because of the disturbance.

  • Manny M
    Manny M 10 dni temu

    What were the electrodes used to capture the eeg made of? Magnetic material? What about the camera? Couldn't that interfere with the experiment? Also, mri machines create strong magnetic fields, there are reports of people having a sense that they feel different during the scan. If that's the case, one's brain pattern would not be that valid of a study when using fMRI

  • waptek
    waptek 11 dni temu

    3:45 & then he sees it!

  • Anon Wibble
    Anon Wibble 11 dni temu

    tl;dr americans have no sense of direction!

  • Victor Polevoy
    Victor Polevoy 11 dni temu

    What did you feel there in the chamber?

  • Agnes
    Agnes 11 dni temu

    Why the dog poo poo video

  • Rizki Ferdian
    Rizki Ferdian 11 dni temu

    Of course we do, we are part of whole Universe, just many human brains are being programmed by other who has intention to conquer through mind setting and energy and made them forgot their own ability which they call sixth and seventh sense. sensing magnetic field is one of my "peculiar" abilities since I was born.

  • Oleksandr Bolgarov
    Oleksandr Bolgarov 11 dni temu

    "Our brains have the ability to sense the magnetic field change, but it's implicit and subliminal, in the non-conscious part of the brain."
    I can already see this being tied to the marketing of meditation, yoga, health and wellness industries, and spiritual attunement of the earth.

  • Ryan Malin
    Ryan Malin 11 dni temu +4

    Now do this test while the patient is on 500 micrograms LSD. That would be very interesting indeed

  • Bharath Nallapeta
    Bharath Nallapeta 11 dni temu

    And here in India, we have a "superstition" from our ancestors who perhaps understood this better than us. So the superstition says that one cannot sleep with the head in the North direction. It has to be in the south. Apparently it messes with the body's magnetic field orientation with that of the earth's magnetic field. Not exactly sure how it affects but they did and that's why they advised it.
    p.s. And just like every other superstition in India, there's a whole story about a elephant's head being cut off as a sage commanded that they get the head of any animal that's sleeping with it's head in the NORTH and thus they created the fear that bad things will happen to people who do it too.

  • Inigo Fuentes Tscherner

    The way the professor explains why the chair is the way it is got me dying hahahaha

  • Inigo Fuentes Tscherner

    3:47 Give him THE CHAIR!! Oh nooooooooo

  • Kamil Prystapczuk
    Kamil Prystapczuk 11 dni temu

    The culture the paper refers to is prob Guugu Yimithirr people, native to Far North Quensland. They were studied, of course and they actually have great sense of direction.

  • Coldblackice
    Coldblackice 11 dni temu +2

    So glad Mr. Miyagi was able to find work after Daniel-son died

    • puppy love
      puppy love 11 dni temu

      Stop asking question smartass and wax my car !!

  • Omar Ali
    Omar Ali 11 dni temu

    arupha wave

  • Hydrobradman
    Hydrobradman 12 dni temu

    Why not do an experiment to test if people can guess the magnetic field change correctly? That would be more entertaining and accessible to watch than diagrams of alpha fields.

  • 1mijaz
    1mijaz 12 dni temu

    This is how all the black people communicate telepathically.

  • A Silent Koala
    A Silent Koala 12 dni temu

    Yes!!! Human can sense magnetic fields if they have the protein cryptochrome in their system.

  • Fouad Saliba
    Fouad Saliba 12 dni temu

    One word: PSYCHEDELICS.

  • joaov2
    joaov2 12 dni temu

    13:00 For more analyses on how magnetic fields affect the brain, you could do a video on the 'God helmet' and subsequent attempts at replication.

  • Mohit Talreja
    Mohit Talreja 12 dni temu

    What happens if this experiment utilizes electric field instead of magnetic field ?

    but preventing from sparking

    • Mohit Talreja
      Mohit Talreja 11 dni temu

      +jay methodus brother I have learnt that electric field and magnetic field together makes electromagnetic field rather it does not constitute only either of them
      Sorry for my poor English

    • jay methodus
      jay methodus 11 dni temu friend... They are the same thing. An electric field is an electromagnetic field. A magnetic field is an electromagnetic field. They are not exclusive to eachother

  • Tim von Hahn
    Tim von Hahn 12 dni temu +1

    Is this related to water divining at all?

  • danyl barbour
    danyl barbour 12 dni temu

    this is why i think we have gon insane
    in 2015 2 stars collided
    we measured the gravity wave generated by that collision
    this wave rang the earth like a bell
    causing the current imbalance in its magnetic feald and accelerating the geothermal activity of the planet

  • rz rz
    rz rz 12 dni temu

    maybe we can feel it, but somehow ignore it.

  • InkOnTube
    InkOnTube 12 dni temu

    10:26 take these results and make another experiment: make yourself lost and check if you will be walking in circles clockwise or counter-clockwise.

  • Marx The Destroyer
    Marx The Destroyer 13 dni temu

    Once I had a dream that I was a bird and I could feel something in my head pulling slightly in a certain direction. North perhaps. Is that what a bird feels?

  • Berkay Bayar
    Berkay Bayar 13 dni temu

    I can tell directions like north and south i never thinked it as speacial because its nothing sort of sense or something i just can tell its north like i can tell its my front or back. What an interesting video, i hope these guys would continue on this research im sure there are lots of people like me

  • Khashayar Dashtdar
    Khashayar Dashtdar 13 dni temu

    I have 12 dogs. They take a dump in all directions. They actually turn around to evaluate their surroundings before taking a poop or lying down.

  • Leland Shennett
    Leland Shennett 13 dni temu

    Lmao my racist ass was so surprised when she started speaking with no accent 😂😂

  • Ikoy De Guzman
    Ikoy De Guzman 13 dni temu

    does it hertz?

  • infirmux
    infirmux 13 dni temu

    evolution - life adapted to use so called "visual" spectrum of EM. But just as well it could be using other available input stimuli. We know touch (which is EM on atomic level?), sound (again, waves of the medium), smell etc. But it could be quantum effects (or sth) that we don't even necessarily know yet. Nature had eons to learn to utilize any property of physical world. We only started research very few thousands years ago (at most stretch).

  • Channeling Science
    Channeling Science 14 dni temu

    I wonder if meditation or learning how to channel could raise magnetic field sensitivity. When brain frequencies change, people can experience hightened sensitivity to noises, light, ringing in the ears, changes in heart rate etc. The community of channelers calls those "ascention symptoms". Maybe sensitivity to magnetic fields can be one of them so testing channelers sensitivity to magnetic fields could be an interesting route.

  • Dsj
    Dsj 14 dni temu

    This guy is going to die a early death to radiation

  • Darrell Covello
    Darrell Covello 14 dni temu

    This reminds me so much of the Black Mirror episode, Playtest. Good thing his mom didn't call while he was in there!

  • Alex Red
    Alex Red 15 dni temu

    Hope CIA, MI6, Mossad, Chabad etc will not use this ability to indoctrinate people by some sort of modulation of the magnetic field using especially created portable or stationary generators.. since it may interact with peoples behavior, probably change preferences or worse

  • Wayne Jackson
    Wayne Jackson 15 dni temu +2

    I would be very interested to know if they could do the same experiment but on sleeping individuals?

  • Prajwal Sagar
    Prajwal Sagar 16 dni temu

    Ahh...... I wish they had heard about G-maps before taking up the experiment to "navigate", jk jk lol

  • Legendary Modz
    Legendary Modz 16 dni temu

    Why does this look like he’s going to be executed

  • Ed
    Ed 17 dni temu

    Well if modern technology is the reason we no longer use this magnetic field sensing ability. Then why did mariners in the past need a compass, and a way to read the stars to navigate? Especially when storms pushed ships off course and it became a life and death situation. Peoples got lost at sea when no one could see the stars due to cloudy sky's. Why no one on a sailing ship in days of old, was used as a human compass through history. So I sense one thing for sure, Bull $hit.

  • Little Al
    Little Al 17 dni temu

    How about testing people with autistic spectrum disorders (especially Asperger's syndrome), who are known to have heightened awareness of their senses?

  • ASR- PTK
    ASR- PTK 17 dni temu +1

    There are Few Channels Who Dont Post Videos For Money! #Veritasium

  • Steve
    Steve 17 dni temu

    Did you really need to include the pick of the dog shitting? That's disgusting!

  • Lost Space
    Lost Space 17 dni temu

    What if the camera is detecting the magnetic change and making the camera electronics hum at a different frequency youre hearing?

    • Lost Space
      Lost Space 17 dni temu

      Or somehow your reaction to the tone being played changes

  • rygyou willy
    rygyou willy 17 dni temu

    1:38 spoiled my dinner time

  • {K . N}
    {K . N} 18 dni temu

    *To lovers of physics and technology see for yourself dear*

  • Azam Caneene
    Azam Caneene 18 dni temu

    If you are still in Caltech, could you please visit Prof. Ali Hajimiri and make a video about his research on semiconductors.

    ASHWIN KARTHIK 18 dni temu

    Cant forget the full solar eclipse video ...

  • Christian Prepper
    Christian Prepper 18 dni temu +1

    This explains how no matter how far in to the forest we would walk, grandpa always knew the exact direction back to the car.

  • Christian Prepper
    Christian Prepper 18 dni temu +2

    13:08 _" only supports the human brain can pick up on the physical stimulus of the earth's magnetic field....."_ *_WOW!_*

  • Jai Cilento NeedsMoreCoffeeʕ•ᴥ•ʔߛ ̋

    13:00 how did the design support that or not, and how would we know how to power it to find any such thing when the approach is so out of hand dismissed. Also, a lot of averaging and no sample size report or link to the paper. who do you think you audience is?

  • Jai Cilento NeedsMoreCoffeeʕ•ᴥ•ʔߛ ̋

    thats why MRI techs over time get dizzy walking into the field where they didnt early in their career.

    • Jim F
      Jim F 17 dni temu +2


  • djbme83
    djbme83 19 dni temu

    Thanks for the clip of a dog taking a dump.

  • Nereus
    Nereus 19 dni temu +1

    but what about strong magnetic fields? what's the effect on people? Because in many countries there is safety regulations about strong magnetic fields because some people say to get headhecks. Ask her about that.

  • apathyboy
    apathyboy 19 dni temu +1

    Why not use a more powerful magnetic field. A stronger stimulus should equal a stronger response.

  • ceruchi
    ceruchi 20 dni temu

    It's a chill day. Isaac is on his way back from Starbucks, enjoying that California sun. Then he notices the lab assistants are all excited. "Wait," says Isaac, "there's SOME GUY in there? Some guy who wants to know about our research?" -"Yeah," says one assistant, "a science presenter. Like a cuter Bill Nye. He's interviewing Connie and--" But Isaac was already bounding down the hallway, chugging his iced latte.

  • John A.
    John A. 20 dni temu

    is this like those transhuman technology videos where they want you to beg to be first in line? is this along the same lines but get you to volunteer for mk naomi, delta and ultra projects? joking but you have to question everything these days.

  • Jiabao Deng
    Jiabao Deng 20 dni temu

    Derek, did you consciously feel anything in those experiments?

  • Ascetic
    Ascetic 20 dni temu


  • waleed algheryafi
    waleed algheryafi 20 dni temu

    Sometimes I look at my phone right before it rings...Is this related

  • Stephen Ayotte
    Stephen Ayotte 20 dni temu

    I just finished reading a book called 'The Empire of the Summer Moon' about Comanche Indians in the 1800's. It was mentioned numerous times in the book that they could navigate hundreds of miles with no apparent references or landmarks on the Mid American Plains. I am wondering if they actually had an advanced version of magnetic directionality. It would be interesting to try this experiment on relatives of these citizens.

  • idea loading
    idea loading 20 dni temu +1

    I like magnetic fields experiments try it with other humans επισης κανω επιστημονικα βιντεο οποιος θελει ας ριξει μια ματια

  • suDz
    suDz 21 dzień temu +1

    In India people believe that its bad if you place you toilet towards East or West. They can't explain why, they just believe it.

    • suDz
      suDz 16 dni temu

      +Pagani Zonda Pagani Zonda Yes there are. And your comment just clarifies that owning a toilet doesn't mean that one owns character !

    • Pagani Zonda
      Pagani Zonda 19 dni temu

      there are toilets in India?

  • Fernando Cue
    Fernando Cue 21 dzień temu

    Like when you MRI so you can see the brain´s activity?

  • O Balls
    O Balls 21 dzień temu

    Now it would be interesting to see how this study shows the superior compass of men compared to women.

  • Luiz Felipe
    Luiz Felipe 21 dzień temu +2

    One possibility is that, as humans got exposed too much to artificial eletromagnetic fields our brain could have learned to ignore some changes in magnetic fields around us

    • Brick
      Brick 18 dni temu

      Luiz Felipe good theory

  • Aiden harker
    Aiden harker 21 dzień temu

    I legit always thought i had a nack for knowing where i am and what direction im facing. even when im in a big shopping centre ive never been to for a few hours, ive always seemed to pay attention to which way is north south ect even after falling asleep in a car or on a plane, i tend to know which way im facing........