New Analysis Focuses on “Pre-Feelings” & Ability to Anticipate Near Future


Subconscious minds sometimes “know” more than conscious minds. Credit: Tonis Pan / Shutterstock

A new study reports that presentiment without any external clues may exist. Researchers from Northwestern University analyzed the results of 26 studies published between 1978 and 2010 to figure out if the human body could prepare itself for future events.

The scientists published their findings in the journal Frontiers of Perception Science. Subconscious minds sometimes “know” more than conscious minds. Physiological measures of subconscious arousal tend to show up before it develops into a conscious state of awareness.

What isn’t clear is whether humans have the intrinsic ability to predict important future events without any clues to what might happen, states Julia Mossbridge, lead author and research associate at Northwestern University.

A person playing a video game at work while wearing headphones wouldn’t be able to hear or see his or her boss coming but the analysis suggests that if this person were in tune with his or her body, they might be able to detect anticipatory changes between two and ten seconds before the occurrence of the actual event. This feeling is called presentiment as in sensing the future.

“I like to call the phenomenon ‘anomalous anticipatory activity,’” said Mossbridge. “The phenomenon is anomalous, some scientists argue, because we can’t explain it using present-day understanding about how biology works; though explanations related to recent quantum biological findings could potentially make sense. It’s anticipatory because it seems to predict future physiological changes in response to an important event without any known clues, and it’s an activity because it consists of changes in the cardiopulmonary, skin and nervous systems.”

Reference: “Predictive physiological anticipation preceding seemingly unpredictable stimuli: a meta-analysis” by Julia Mossbridge, Patrizio Tressoldi and Jessica Utts, 17 October 2012, Frontiers of Perception Science.
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00390

4 Comments on "New Analysis Focuses on “Pre-Feelings” & Ability to Anticipate Near Future"

  1. Dawn H. La Breck | November 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply

    On one hand you say that people can tell something 2-10 seconds into the ‘future” and is precognitive to some extent but then say that it can’t be validated or not if something can be foretold into the future essentially.
    At five I was bit in the head by a Doberman and I have one of the scars on my forehead and multiple under my hair being he had my entire head all but in his mouth. I attribut this to my own sensativity and it is something I have dealt with since I was young. Some I have cultivated but others given what I feel is the invasiveness of the ability I didn’t. In attempting to understand what isn’t common I’d like to weigh in on a little detail or two.
    People have been conditioned to discount such paranatural accurances in ourselves so that you attempt to use the triple A (anamalous anticapatory activity) wordage doesn’t change that it is precognitive, that in my opinion is just adding a technical term to dress up a term most discount out of hand of hearing it. Many are biased unconsciouly even when they are attempting to validate such claims so I was impressed with what little of the article I read.
    Precogntive-ness is something everyone has in varying degree from picking up the phone and it was the person you were just thinking of or those individuals who say they didn’t get on a plane that went down because there was something wrong but couldn’t place it. Self-preservation as well as tramatic events can be attibuted to many paranatural self occurances.
    Yet there are many factors in foretelling future events the individual has to be conscioulsy aware to some extent of mydrid factors past and present. Some will perfer tools such as tarot or runes to give a base for which direction they are looking. The problem with telling the future accurately and cold (without any external info) is still based on the awareness of the individual making the perdiction.
    Seers of the past made thier perdictions vague because of how they inturpet the information but also because the future is constantly in fluctuation. While the past and present are set events the future will always be changing due to one factor that many discount when expecting/telling thier perdictions. In knowing the future and what lies ahead you anyone can change it rather then passively waiting for it to come about. Which back when they were more prevailant was easier given a population on the hundred of thousands rather then millions we have today. To use an example King Solomon went to a necromancer or the Witch of Endor and recieved a perdiction that he would be overthrown by a young male which caused him to kill all male children, Moses and his own downfall. Because she was vague his free will caused him to make that decision and essentially create his own self fullfilling prophecy and downfall to come true.
    Someone with precognitive ability can say whatever they want really that doesn’t make it true because they are often seeing one of various possibilites that change with the actions of others or inaction as the case may be causeing them to be true or false. Which then implies that the more people in the world the more free will there is to influeance events for good or ill allowing mydrid possibilties. Simular to the chinese proverb of a butterfly/hummingbirds moving thier wings and one place and a hurricane manifests somewhere distant.
    Free Will is the discounted factor in presentience (in any paranatural ability actually in my opinion) yet people do not ever seem to consider this as a factor so I though I would share it giving my own sensativity and personal understanding to the topic.

  2. Dawn H. La Breck | November 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply

    And while I’m at it above I pointed out that any can have varying degree of precognitive abilities that manifest in various ways. I had someone ask me how to assist them in developing any ability they may or may not have and I gave him a short expalaination that I will expand here given the topic of your study.
    Precognitive ability as you know is an ability to tell future events for the most part.
    Spacial Recognition on the other hand is generally a program that can accurately perdict route blind so to speak using the base information it has as constants allowing it to ‘assume’ a clear path generally during space travel.
    Now I believe in keeping things simple so that it is easier understood rather then using complex example and technical terms. Now there is a game on a site called Zwinky called Mahjong Dimensions. It has three screens of tiles you must clear in 5.50 minuites with more tiles on each screen as you proceed. You can yurn the tile grouping 360 to see the various tiles as well as in the left hand corner as you scroll over the tiles shows the tiles as what I call a cheat.
    Now what does a game have to do with precognitiveness that I attempted to tell him this he discounted out of hand because my answer wasn’t sufficient to what he would expect. But when you are relaxed and comfortable it has been shown that an individual is more likely to learn something. But you have to be willing to embrace and try the experiance first.
    Now of course being a game the obvious goals typically is clear the screen before time runs out and getting the top score. I suggest a different tactic to begin training yourself precognitively. Don’t worry about the time beside clearing the screen before the time runs out but I don’t suggest useing the cheat in the corner instead familiarize yourself with the tiles and go slow in clearing the three screens. Attempt to clear the tiles without turning the tile grouping, but be aware that sometimes you must. Attempt to pick a tile paring and make multiple matches in a row 4-16.
    As you familiarize yourself with the game by useing these suggestions you are practiceing spacial recognition which leads to precognative thinking in the game that you can eventually with proper training use outside the mere game. When you were young who didn’t play the game memory which is essentially a small form of spacial recognition in itself that we all grow out of playing.
    I admit to being a middling player of the game but recently started to log the games won(clearing all three tile levels) or lost (time ran out) and how much time was left at the end of each game. Out of 60 games I lost 10 because the time ran out before clearing all the tiles. 28 had 20-1 second left, 15 had 40-39 seconds left and 8 had 50 seconds or more left on the clock timer. Now I say middleling player because of the manner in which I play I’m not playing for score but my high is 56225 my low score is 51000 with 8 scores inbetween. I also admit that when I get to the last tile grouping I will then occassionialy use what I call the cheat to place myself because of the additional input of more tiles. Which is another example of my meaning to the more input you have in telling the future the more constants you need to place yourself. Just a thought some would find interesting in attempting to manifest precognitive ability in practice rather then talking about it when you can see the results yourself if you use my suggestions. And this is an example of small spacial recognitions and precognicence useing the tiles as a constant to familiarize yourself withh the process.
    As a disclaimer I will add that while all have the ability in varying degree most don’t cultivate it or acknowledge it. But then that is so with any ability weather it is paranatural or not some are always better then others at things then someone else but then someone else will be better then them so it’s subjective.

  3. Madanagopal.V.C. | November 3, 2012 at 9:04 am | Reply

    Sub-conscious arousal or anomalous anticipatory activity can well be described by the experience on OUIJA Board or “Planchette” Board where two persons sit opposite to each other talking to the “spirits” with due respect.It was experienced by me even as a school boy with my friends after the class was over, using the teacher’s table writing on it with alphabets A to Z and using a carom striker as the medium to talk to spirits. There will be two boxes of Yes or No to answer our queries in addition. The striker will be touched gently by the two persons deeply engorged in conversation. The striker would be start moving in ‘unison’ very fast without any parallelogram law of forces of physics coming into play. The Planchette will start replying all the questions and give some predictions as requested. I do not vouch for the accuracy of predictions but a sub-conscious arousal in the two persons simultaneously can be understood very well since both will think on the same line for the questions put by each of us , of course , without the other knowing the type of questions. The selection of letters for the words to be formed in the answer would be quite intelligent and clear. The answers could be predicted at the juncture of touching the first letter in OUIJA Board. The “Pre-feelings and ability to predict the near future ” can be completely experienced in this experiment. I am a pure science man and I never vouch for the accuracy of predictions or whatsoever. But the brains of both persons will be in the same field, acting biologically and neurologically . This can be to some extent compared to brain washing
    of some theologians on their subjects. Thank You.

  4. Sometimes I hear my phone ring before it actually rings.

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