Metaphysics & Psychology
Ouija board helps probe the subconscious
By T.K. Randall
July 8, 2012 · 26 comments
Image Credit: William Hope
Psychologists are using Ouija boards to explore how we communicate with our subsconcious mind.
Long alleged to enable communication with spirits, Ouija boards consist of a planchette and a board on which is printed all the letters of the alphabet 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 subscribe to 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 the movements produced by volunteers over a series of experiments researchers have been able to gain new insights in the workings of the unconscious mind.
Beloved of spiritualists and bored teenagers on a dare, the Ouija board has long been a source of entertainment, mystery and sometimes downright spookiness. Now it could shine a light on the secrets of the unconscious mind.
Source: New Scientist
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