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Ouija board helps psychologists probe the subconscious

An interesting article came out of the New Scientist about how psychologists are using Ouija boards to explore how we communicate with our subsconcious mind.

For a long time, Ouija boards have been an alleged medium for communication with spirits. Ouija consist of a planchette and a board on which printed all the letters of the alphabet are printed, along with a few simple words and phrases. While some believe the planchette will move under the influence of spirits to spell out a message, others believe the idea that it is actually our subconscious mind that is creating that movement through small unconscious muscle movements. It is for this reason that the Ouija board has gained the interest of psychologists studying the human subconscious. By examining movements produced by volunteers over a series of experiments, researchers have been able to gain new insights in the workings of the unconscious mind.

To read the full article, check out the New Scientist.

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