Have you ever been engaged in a conversation and knew exactly what they person was going to say next? Have you ever thought of something at the exact same time as a person you are sitting with? This happens to me a lot. I’ll be trying to think of someone’s name. I’ll say to the person I’m sitting with, “you know the girl with brown hair.” Then a few moments later we think of the name at the exact same time. People talk about being so familiar with one another, “that we finish each other’s sentences.”

Well there is a scientific phenomenon behind this and it makes me wonder about perception and intuitiveness. According to a recent study, people’s brain waves follow one another when they are having a conversation – the listener’s brainwaves mimic the talker’s brain waves. Generally the listener’s brainwaves are delayed by a second of two. But in some cases the listener’s brainwaves preempt the speaker’s, as if they are sensing exactly what the speaker is going to think next.

I consider myself very intuitive. I’ve got a good sense of what feel are feeling and thinking – sometimes too good of a sense. This study is amazing. Next I’d like to know what causes this ability.

1 Comment
  1. September 14, 2010

    What you don't know is that I incepted the idea for this post in your brain.

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