Sixth sense a myth, study shows

“There is a common belief that observers can experience changes directly with their mind without needing to rely on the traditional physical senses such as vision, hearing, taste, smell and touch to identify it. This alleged ability is sometimes referred to as a sixth sense or extra sensory perception,” said Dr Piers Howe (PhD) from the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences.

“We were able to show that while observers could reliably sense changes that they could not visually identify, this ability was not due to extrasensory perception or a sixth sense,” he said.

Dr Piers led a study in which participants were shown pairs of colour photographs of the same woman. They were presented individually for 1.5 seconds with a one-second interval separating each image.  

After the second image was revealed, participants were asked whether a change had occurred. If they clicked yes, they were also asked to identify the change