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Friday, February 18, 2021

Psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis have determined that a “sixth sense” of heightened awareness actually does exist in the human brain.

Basically, your brain is working overtime and in the background, processing on subtle cues and sensory inputs to create an early-warning instinct. It’s not a base instinct, either: The action happens in the anterior cingulate cortex, the part of the brain that’s central in processing complex information.

There is such a thing as too much intuition, though:

Abnormal activity of the anterior cingular cortex has been linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder, [University of Michigan professor William] Gehring said. “It’s been shown that there is too much activity in this area. There is a general sense that things are going wrong, when actually they are not.”

- Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/18/2005 08:47:20 PM
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