The sixth sense has been portrayed in books and movies more times than we can count. It is because it is a rare, strange and unexplained phenomenon which attracts attention of people from all around the world. But what is it that lies behind such events? Does science have any answers to our numerous questions regarding the sixth sense?
Research has shown that at least one of the things we mean by sixth sense isn’t real. Some people believe they can sense something that isn’t visible to the naked eye, and one of the examples would be changes in the personalities of others. The latest study shows that this could be easily explained by normal sensory behavior. When something like the sensing of changes in personality occurs, what the person really detects are changes in their visual systems that can’t be articulated. There is a lot we still don’t know about visual processing, and one of the theories that deals with the sixth sense is trying to explain it in terms of normal behavior that still hasn’t been mapped properly.
But if the scientific community can only agree on discarding one of the things we mean by sixth sense, what about the rest? The National Institute of Health has been observing two people, a girl and a young woman, who claim to have experiences of bizarre sensations. One of them, for instance, can’t say in which direction her body is moving without looking at it. Although this sounds like the opposite of the sixth sense, a phenomenon that allows you to experience more and not less, scientists believe they have managed to draw some conclusions from it.
After performing a series of tests on these two subjects, researchers concluded that they lacked proprioception, an awareness of one’s own body. But why is this important? The gene that is behind proprioception is a gene that still hasn’t been explained properly. It might be what we are missing to explain all kinds of sensory phenomena, including those we categorize as sixth sense events. In conclusion, it is possible that the sixth sense is real, although still unexplained by science.