Can Humans Sense Magnetic Fields?

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


  1. Matt Harden

    Matt Harden

    6 giờ trước

    I have a natural compass in my nose. I feel pressure on the opposite side pushing it towards north. Nobody believes me until I show them blind folded in a swivel chair.

  2. Dr. M. H.

    Dr. M. H.

    2 ngày trước

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

  3. Will Jones

    Will Jones

    2 ngày trước

    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.

  4. ǰąɲƹŁŁƹ ɦɨŁŁɨąřȡ -

    ǰąɲƹŁŁƹ ɦɨŁŁɨąřȡ -

    2 ngày trước

    This is one of my fears

  5. Dal Kyne

    Dal Kyne

    2 ngày trước

    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.

  6. Phi1eap


    3 ngày trước


  7. Turboslang


    3 ngày trước

    Master Splinter

  8. stefan sauvageon

    stefan sauvageon

    3 ngày trước

    He will become Doctor Magnhttan!

  9. 2070ahmed


    4 ngày trước

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

  10. LittleRainGames


    4 ngày trước

    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.

  11. anil mangalan

    anil mangalan

    4 ngày trước

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

  12. Emil Rensen

    Emil Rensen

    4 ngày trước

    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?

  13. RubberFistFight


    4 ngày trước

    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.

  14. Craig Dallas

    Craig Dallas

    4 ngày trước

    You need to talk to me.

  15. Create ShareLive

    Create ShareLive

    5 ngày trước

    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.

  16. SrmthfgRockLee


    6 ngày trước


  17. Ed


    6 ngày trước

    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


      4 ngày trước

      +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


      4 ngày trước

      What would be the symptoms?

  18. kazzit chang

    kazzit chang

    6 ngày trước

    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.

  19. Mehmet Baran

    Mehmet Baran

    6 ngày trước

    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

  20. Balys


    7 ngày trước

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

  21. Dwij Gurram

    Dwij Gurram

    7 ngày trước

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

  22. Wot Mate

    Wot Mate

    7 ngày trước

    1:29 hahahhaa

  23. Sebastian J

    Sebastian J

    8 ngày trước

    No wonder I poop facing north...

  24. George Washington

    George Washington

    8 ngày trước

    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.

  25. ShoveItFlaka


    9 ngày trước

    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.

  26. Pferdekopfnebel


    9 ngày trước

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

  27. Tiavor Kuroma

    Tiavor Kuroma

    9 ngày trước

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

  28. C C

    C C

    9 ngày trước

    Doc Brown.

  29. Ryan Copetti

    Ryan Copetti

    10 ngày trước

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

    • FairyRat


      9 ngày trước

      Come on man. Wang is a Chinese name.

  30. Shiben


    10 ngày trước

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

  31. Oldën Grimsey

    Oldën Grimsey

    10 ngày trước

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

    • Oldën Grimsey

      Oldën Grimsey

      10 ngày trước

      I'm SE Asian, and I just wnt to know? :)

  32. Kibuigut Barsirian Kenduywa Arap Sing'oe

    Kibuigut Barsirian Kenduywa Arap Sing'oe

    10 ngày trước

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

  33. Ian Buck

    Ian Buck

    11 ngày trước

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

  34. Ian Buck

    Ian Buck

    11 ngày trước

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

  35. heinzerbrew


    11 ngày trước

    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.

  36. Zeutrus Bd

    Zeutrus Bd

    11 ngày trước

    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.

  37. Manny M

    Manny M

    11 ngày trước

    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

  38. waptek


    12 ngày trước

    3:45 & then he sees it!

  39. Anon Wibble

    Anon Wibble

    12 ngày trước

    tl;dr americans have no sense of direction!

  40. Victor Polevoy

    Victor Polevoy

    12 ngày trước

    What did you feel there in the chamber?

  41. Agnes


    12 ngày trước

    Why the dog poo poo video

  42. Rizki Ferdian

    Rizki Ferdian

    12 ngày trước

    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.

  43. Oleksandr Bolgarov

    Oleksandr Bolgarov

    12 ngày trước

    "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.

  44. Ryan Malin

    Ryan Malin

    12 ngày trước

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

  45. Bharath Nallapeta

    Bharath Nallapeta

    12 ngày trước

    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.

  46. Inigo Fuentes Tscherner

    Inigo Fuentes Tscherner

    12 ngày trước

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

  47. Inigo Fuentes Tscherner

    Inigo Fuentes Tscherner

    12 ngày trước

    3:47 Give him THE CHAIR!! Oh nooooooooo

  48. Kamil Prystapczuk

    Kamil Prystapczuk

    12 ngày trước

    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.

  49. Coldblackice


    12 ngày trước

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

    • puppy love

      puppy love

      12 ngày trước

      Stop asking question smartass and wax my car !!

  50. Omar Ali

    Omar Ali

    12 ngày trước

    arupha wave

  51. Hydrobradman


    13 ngày trước

    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.

  52. 1mijaz


    13 ngày trước

    This is how all the black people communicate telepathically.

  53. A Silent Koala

    A Silent Koala

    13 ngày trước

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

  54. Fouad Saliba

    Fouad Saliba

    13 ngày trước

    One word: PSYCHEDELICS.

  55. joaov2


    13 ngày trước

    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.

  56. Mohit Talreja

    Mohit Talreja

    13 ngày trước

    What happens if this experiment utilizes electric field instead of magnetic field ? but preventing from sparking

    • Mohit Talreja

      Mohit Talreja

      12 ngày trước

      +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

      12 ngày trước 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

  57. Tim von Hahn

    Tim von Hahn

    13 ngày trước

    Is this related to water divining at all?

  58. danyl barbour

    danyl barbour

    13 ngày trước

    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

  59. rz rz

    rz rz

    13 ngày trước

    maybe we can feel it, but somehow ignore it.

  60. InkOnTube


    13 ngày trước

    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.

  61. Marx The Destroyer

    Marx The Destroyer

    14 ngày trước

    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?

  62. Berkay Bayar

    Berkay Bayar

    14 ngày trước

    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

  63. Khashayar Dashtdar

    Khashayar Dashtdar

    14 ngày trước

    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.

  64. Leland Shennett

    Leland Shennett

    14 ngày trước

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

    • Straw Baby

      Straw Baby

      13 ngày trước

      Leland Shennett CONVERTED

  65. Ikoy De Guzman

    Ikoy De Guzman

    14 ngày trước

    does it hertz?

  66. infirmux


    14 ngày trước

    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).

  67. Channeling Science

    Channeling Science

    15 ngày trước

    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.

  68. Dsj


    15 ngày trước

    This guy is going to die a early death to radiation

    • Straw Baby

      Straw Baby

      13 ngày trước

      Not necessarily radiation

  69. Darrell Covello

    Darrell Covello

    15 ngày trước

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

  70. Alex Red

    Alex Red

    16 ngày trước

    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

  71. Wayne Jackson

    Wayne Jackson

    16 ngày trước

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

  72. Prajwal Sagar

    Prajwal Sagar

    17 ngày trước

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

  73. Legendary Modz

    Legendary Modz

    17 ngày trước

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

  74. Ed


    18 ngày trước

    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.

  75. Little Al

    Little Al

    18 ngày trước

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

  76. ASR- PTK

    ASR- PTK

    18 ngày trước

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

  77. Steve


    18 ngày trước

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

  78. Lost Space

    Lost Space

    18 ngày trước

    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

      18 ngày trước

      Or somehow your reaction to the tone being played changes

  79. rygyou willy

    rygyou willy

    18 ngày trước

    1:38 spoiled my dinner time

  80. {K . N}

    {K . N}

    19 ngày trước

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

  81. Azam Caneene

    Azam Caneene

    19 ngày trước

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



    19 ngày trước

    Cant forget the full solar eclipse video ...

  83. Christian Prepper

    Christian Prepper

    19 ngày trước

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

  84. Christian Prepper

    Christian Prepper

    19 ngày trước

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

  85. Jai Cilento NeedsMoreCoffeeʕ•ᴥ•ʔߛ ̋

    Jai Cilento NeedsMoreCoffeeʕ•ᴥ•ʔߛ ̋

    19 ngày trước

    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?

  86. Jai Cilento NeedsMoreCoffeeʕ•ᴥ•ʔߛ ̋

    Jai Cilento NeedsMoreCoffeeʕ•ᴥ•ʔߛ ̋

    19 ngày trước

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

    • Jim F

      Jim F

      18 ngày trước


  87. djbme83


    20 ngày trước

    Thanks for the clip of a dog taking a dump.

  88. Nereus


    20 ngày trước

    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.

  89. apathyboy


    20 ngày trước

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

  90. ceruchi


    21 ngày trước

    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.

  91. John A.

    John A.

    21 ngày trước

    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.

  92. Jiabao Deng

    Jiabao Deng

    21 ngày trước

    Derek, did you consciously feel anything in those experiments?

  93. Ascetic


    21 ngày trước


  94. waleed algheryafi

    waleed algheryafi

    21 ngày trước

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

    • waleed algheryafi

      waleed algheryafi

      20 ngày trước

      +ceruchi haha I don't

    • ceruchi


      21 ngày trước

      No you just look at it 1000 times a day :p

  95. Stephen Ayotte

    Stephen Ayotte

    21 ngày trước

    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.

  96. idea loading

    idea loading

    21 ngày trước

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

  97. suDz


    22 ngày trước

    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


      17 ngày trước

      +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

      20 ngày trước

      there are toilets in India?

  98. Fernando Cue

    Fernando Cue

    22 ngày trước

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

  99. O Balls

    O Balls

    22 ngày trước

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

  100. Luiz Felipe

    Luiz Felipe

    22 ngày trước

    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


      19 ngày trước

      Luiz Felipe good theory

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