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:

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Donal Botkin, James M Nicholson, Michael Krugman, Nathan Hansen, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd

Additional filming by Whitney Clavin


  1. joan winters

    joan winters

    Uur geleden

    check the experiments by dr. persinger using the koran (god) helmet

  2. Half Nelson

    Half Nelson

    8 uur geleden

    When I was a kid I used to play this game in the swimming pool when I was by myself. I'd go under with my eyes closed, twist and turn and flip to confuse myself then come up. I'd then try to guess which way I was facing. I got to a point where I would get it right every single time. The game then stopped being fun so I stopped. To this day I always know which way I am facing.

  3. S.Vidhyardh Singh

    S.Vidhyardh Singh

    13 uur geleden

    Well I have a question for you. Do you get lost often or no you always remember your way accurately (or at least most of the times)? Not just a question for you but for all those who took that magnetic test. Because if that helps pigeons to find their way home, then the people who fall under the category of someone being highly responsive to the magnetic field changes should be those who aren’t the ones who get lost the most. Like I get lost quite often and was wondering what kind of brain response I might give after that test. Well not just asking the question would make it clear but other factors like remembering landmarks to find the way back or memorising lefts and rights must be properly taken into account and manipulated while testing to see if magnetic field perception actually helps or not. (If I made any sense, thank God!!)

  4. Antikia


    16 uur geleden

    I have zero sense of direction, I can get lost in a supermarket. If my phone runs out of battery I solely rely on the kindness of strangers to reach my destination

  5. J K

    J K

    Dag geleden

    Surgical installation of small magnets under the skin of the fingers is pretty good for detecting magnetic fields too

  6. WPRPN PirateRadioPodcasts

    WPRPN PirateRadioPodcasts

    Dag geleden

    Oh, like e.g. 5G, wi-FRY electro-SMOG? Hmmmmmm ..... let's THINK about that for a minute.

  7. Tor G

    Tor G

    2 dagen geleden

    One hypothetical reason for the difference in results between the 1980 study and the modern one: the subjects of the modern one have been around more advanced, invasive technology and have likely used personal devices on a daily basis, misleading the brain with electromagnetic force long enough to degrade its ability to detect the Earth's magnetism.

  8. Scotland Dobson

    Scotland Dobson

    3 dagen geleden

    The direction that I see this research going in the future is that magnetic sensors will be one of the first things we test with brain-computer interfaces when they get to the point where we're experimenting with adding new senses. Given the simplicity data-wise of compasses/magnet sensors as well as this particular body of research showing what a magnetic sense would be like if we did have it, it seems like the simplest place to start.

  9. Hayato Tenryuu

    Hayato Tenryuu

    4 dagen geleden

    I woudn't want this ability, because a modernized society with widespread use of electronics (and electromagnetism) would cause significant headaches and disorientation.

  10. Gilane Caroto

    Gilane Caroto

    4 dagen geleden

    I do feel that the use of cardinal directions in most languages is because they're constant for everyone, North is always North and so on, whereas "in front of me" or "up ahead" etc are subjective

  11. HannibalHolmes


    4 dagen geleden

    Schorsch? SCHORSCH!!!!

  12. Котэ Потолочный

    Котэ Потолочный

    4 dagen geleden

    But wouldn't changes in magnetic field affect EEG?

  13. Richard Lee

    Richard Lee

    5 dagen geleden

    When they did the students road trip experiments, I wonder if they took them off the bus, one at a time, and asked them 'which way'? If it was a group thing, the students might have just "voted" with the majority. Influence of the group..

  14. Fabian Rönck

    Fabian Rönck

    5 dagen geleden

    Magrav technology by keshe spaceship institute: there is everything about Magnetic fields , how to use them in a way, that leads to arise of all mankind. look it up

  15. Shota Toriumi

    Shota Toriumi

    5 dagen geleden

    The mammoth santa prenatally slip because antarctica fortunately examine minus a accidental disadvantage. painful, subdued women

  16. Jesse Lyte

    Jesse Lyte

    5 dagen geleden

    I love this video, but I've got to say, what a killer thumbnail am I right? @veritasium

  17. SlayerofFiction


    6 dagen geleden

    Do it with people who spend more time in the outdoors. Hunters have an odd ability to walk back to where they shot game, despite no map nor location. I haven noticed as we get more inundated by electronics that ability for me at least to find my truck is slightly off.

  18. MidnightSt


    6 dagen geleden

    i actually have surprisingly strong awareness of cardinal directions at most times... not by sensing magnetic field, it's more like a gyroscope with known starting position and some background process in my brain that tracks the changes. so yes, it has the same shotcomings as actual gyro, shifts over time.

  19. Isaac Alcocer

    Isaac Alcocer

    6 dagen geleden

    i was waiting for: you look stupid without it already! xD

  20. PheonixRynn


    7 dagen geleden

    Do this after the covid shot. Does the graphene mess it up?

  21. Jimmy's Channel

    Jimmy's Channel

    7 dagen geleden

    I think the phrasing of "the human brain can pick up" might be a bit misleading. Since brain activity is measured via electromagnetic activity, you would assume that shifting fields would have some sort of effect, but the phrasing of "picks up" sounds more akin to other sensory perception like our eyes picking light or eardrums picking up sound waves. I feel like the "brain picking up" has different implications than "brain activity being impacted".

  22. pozorovatel lidi

    pozorovatel lidi

    7 dagen geleden

    I wonder if anyone cleaned after that dog. 🤔

  23. Ding Ding

    Ding Ding

    7 dagen geleden

    Are you guys still waiting for Ding Dings?

  24. Julian Reid

    Julian Reid

    8 dagen geleden

    My wife had a GPS in her head until she had a stroke.

  25. Raphael Morgan

    Raphael Morgan

    8 dagen geleden

    i'm willing to bet mine doesn't change at all 😭

  26. Hans Brandenbarg

    Hans Brandenbarg

    9 dagen geleden

    Nice colleagues of amy and sheldon.

  27. Victor


    9 dagen geleden

    When I sleep on the bus I can always tell when it is nearing my home. I think, but I am not sure that it's the same when I am asleep. Perhaps I remember the distances and turn forces. Maybe there are different sounds and speed changes. Maybe I rmember amount of time Maybe it's the magnetic fields and/or a combination of the above.

  28. DT Racer

    DT Racer

    9 dagen geleden

    I love this channel but only just stumbled over this vid. 2 questions. 1. Have the researchers tested those born in the southern hemisphere to see whether their clockwise/counterclockwise,response is reversed and 2. I personally got highly confused on a trip navigating in the northern hemisphere. I eventually realised it's because all the shadows were on the opposite side of objects than what I was used to in the southern hemisphere

  29. pedro Nonofyourbusiness

    pedro Nonofyourbusiness

    10 dagen geleden

    OK, I don't believe I have any sensory 'location' ability ..... however , oddly , it seems I can point to within 5 degrees of 'North' consistently (so shouldn't be able to get lost unless I cross the North pole :-D)

  30. Tom Kelly

    Tom Kelly

    10 dagen geleden

    It would be interesting to see what effect cell phones and wifi routers, 3G, 4G and 5G signals would do to the brain with measurements like that too.

  31. Matt Hill

    Matt Hill

    10 dagen geleden

    Ummm... I think you forgot the psilocybin.

  32. pottyputter05


    11 dagen geleden

    Experiments that are new, even or rather especially at the university level are usually this cobbled together. We are really just a strip of duct tape and a stool to hold this thingy closed away from free limitless energy

  33. GiveBackAll


    11 dagen geleden

    Ok, so who is going to take the next step and get a Guugu Yimithirr speaker to test this theory with?

  34. sawhorse


    11 dagen geleden

    Ancient cultures used dogs to discover leylines it's probably nothing...

  35. DreamGuest


    11 dagen geleden

    I don't like the new outto animation. The old one is kinda iconic

  36. channelclosingastrollshave followedmeherefromwork

    channelclosingastrollshave followedmeherefromwork

    11 dagen geleden

    I knew we had built in emf detectors ;))

  37. channelclosingastrollshave followedmeherefromwork

    channelclosingastrollshave followedmeherefromwork

    11 dagen geleden

    Birds impeccable sense 🤣

  38. Matt Peters

    Matt Peters

    11 dagen geleden

    dog poop :(

  39. pixl


    12 dagen geleden

    ah yes joe's reclining chair

  40. The Devil In The Circuit

    The Devil In The Circuit

    13 dagen geleden

    Get some very small (1/8" diameter) neodymium disk magnets and superglue one to each of your fingertips. It will Blow Your Mind how you are able to detect magnetic fields--especially running electric motors, etc.

  41. Judith Walker

    Judith Walker

    13 dagen geleden

    "Are you sure this isn't just to make me look stupid?" What? your question? duh

  42. Larry


    13 dagen geleden

    Looks a little like an electric chair xD

  43. Member Berrie

    Member Berrie

    13 dagen geleden

    I'd like to see EEG's for this study done on ppl with epilepsy or seizure disorders. Some people even go their whole lives not knowing they have a seizure disorder (symptoms are not only hallmarked by convulsions) and it would be interesting to see if any neurological pre-dispositions could affect the brains subliminal intuition of magnetic fields - or even if the brain itself is just more susceptible to them. That could potentially aid linking an Ancestral ability with what is now, a disability. ? Who knows. Just a thought.

  44. Bob Halaas

    Bob Halaas

    13 dagen geleden


  45. Jannis 11

    Jannis 11

    14 dagen geleden


  46. Crusoe


    15 dagen geleden

    Caltech? Cool colleagues of Sheldon Cooper :)

  47. mike christian

    mike christian

    16 dagen geleden

    surprise, surprise, actually that chair is an electric chair, and you were sentenced to death.

  48. Casual POG

    Casual POG

    16 dagen geleden

    I believe, human can really feel the magnetic field. And tbh, I think I can feel it when others can't. I usually talk to my friends, did they felt anything when they use the lift, and they said no. What I felt was something strong pressure my head and my body like when you float in the sea. something like that. To be honest, for the first time, I thought that's because my claustrophobia. But when I use the underground train (monorail train), I felt the pressure even great, much bigger than when I am Inside a lift. And I just realized that the two of them (lift and monorail station) have the same thing in common. They have like big 'magnet' to operate these things. And that's what I felt. I can even feel the flow of the electricity (big power like in mall) that move below my foot. tbh, that's the first one I did notice, feel weird, because I can feel the exact place where the cable flow, from one place to other place. And in the place where there is no electricity, I can tell. Weird right? I believe it happened after I'm in a great stress. Maybe that triggers it.

  49. Olivier Seguin

    Olivier Seguin

    16 dagen geleden

    Connie says that magnetic fields don`t make you smarter but since I watched this video I already feel a lot more intelligent :-) Thanks a lot for for this!

  50. Adrian Figueroa Rodriguez

    Adrian Figueroa Rodriguez

    18 dagen geleden

    I think that it's awsome, but i wonder, since it's not testing humans in real life, how can we know if there is no "generic effect" on people in day to day activites?, what if the magnetic fields in cities changes, is amplified or disrupts humans alpha waves (making us more drowsy or sleepy)?, and could that be a viable continuation of the project? Love a response.

  51. Tserq


    18 dagen geleden

    what is it about the 1k dislikes? is it kinda, "meh i dont like science"?

  52. titik silang

    titik silang

    20 dagen geleden

    tell that to Prof Xavier

  53. Francisco Tuga

    Francisco Tuga

    20 dagen geleden

    Blind people should be tested on this machine to maybe get better results, or deaf people, but I think blind people are better to test since they can guide themselfs from sounds but I believe they have better sense of direction since they cant see

  54. akshay saraf

    akshay saraf

    20 dagen geleden

    I wish, if I have chance to check my electromagnetic activity.

  55. Manly Advice

    Manly Advice

    21 dag geleden

    Look up South pole exposure experiments. There have been experiments with seeds, worms, and many other things, fully verified. Try it yourself. Place seeds on the South polarised face of a large, strong magnet at the edge of the face. Leave overnight. Sprout the seeds along with some control seeds for comparison. You may be shocked if you've never heard of this before. Note that the North pole has the opposite effect.

  56. dismalthoughts


    22 dagen geleden

    So what you're saying is that if I sit in a magnetic field for long enough, I'll be healed, smarter, and telepathic? Sweeeet!

  57. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis

    22 dagen geleden

    I wonder if tests were done on those who tend to do well with navigation versus those of us who struggle with it. (aka 'guys never ask for directions', but are always getting lost)

  58. Jeff Zimdars

    Jeff Zimdars

    23 dagen geleden

    Question... By any chance did these guys pay attention to right handed or left handed people while doing this? Or maybe what foot they kick a ball with? Maybe this could help identify who responds better either doing CCW or CW. For instance, I am right handed but kick with my left foot. Maybe I would not respond well to magnetic field, or maybe I would have a stronger response to the magnetic field making me able to strongly feel CCW and CW. This could be the same say with a left handed person and they kick with their right foot. Say a Sally is a right handed person but she kicks with her right foot, making her me responsive to CW. Another one is Sally could be left handed and kick her left foot making her more responsive to CCW. But this video is super cool and got me thinking!!!

  59. no one

    no one

    23 dagen geleden

    Connie missed a zinger "you don't need any help from this cap to look stupid Derek"

  60. Mattias Lindqvist

    Mattias Lindqvist

    23 dagen geleden

    That poor dog needs better food!

  61. Rob Freebeard

    Rob Freebeard

    24 dagen geleden

    Really disappointing that you didn't talk about what your experience of the experiment was. Especially since you went though the trouble of talking about the sensory deprivation features of the chamber.

  62. Johanes W.A.

    Johanes W.A.

    24 dagen geleden

    Im a javanese and yes we use cardinal direction as referrence in everyday life like north south west and east

    • Johanes W.A.

      Johanes W.A.

      24 dagen geleden

      Instead of in front of me my dad always use north of me when mentioning the direction of things

  63. shoutitallloud


    24 dagen geleden

    To navigate, one does not need to sence magnetic field. One needs the Spice to flow.

  64. Junior Alvarado

    Junior Alvarado

    24 dagen geleden

    I would ove to take this test... I have a strong relationship 2these fields.. They r conscious n power giving fields!!!! It is written...

  65. pacificprospector


    24 dagen geleden

    One point is the use of magnet in the form of a NMR machine being used on humans to treat schizophrenia.

  66. RamadaArtist


    25 dagen geleden

    Magnetic fields: *exist* Engineers: "What if we built some kind of device that could allow you to detect and monitor magnetic fields, so that we could use that in various applications?" Neuroscientists: "You brain can already do that, a little bit. What if we just fundamentally alter your brain! Then you could sense magnetic fields with your MIND."

  67. RamadaArtist


    25 dagen geleden

    Honestly, that team of researchers seem like they'd be really fun to work with.

  68. Nicer Knifes

    Nicer Knifes

    25 dagen geleden

    4:42 just add a field here n there... Ye just sprinkle some fields in like salt in a gallon of soup... See if it makes a difference... - my thought atm😂

  69. red and pig radio shows

    red and pig radio shows

    25 dagen geleden

    2:29 "Hey kid, wanna get in this van while blindfolded and then drive a long distance to somewhere you've never been? Maybe you'll know where home is!"

  70. Dewaal Fitness

    Dewaal Fitness

    25 dagen geleden

    i can usualy tell wich way my house would be facinf from where i am in my own country somehow but without any real explination i wonder if its because of this

  71. Bryan Barcelo

    Bryan Barcelo

    25 dagen geleden

    Our artificially generated magnetic fields such as powerlines, wireless transmissions and electronic devices may throw an animal's magnetic field detection ability out of whack. With humans, because of lack of necessity there was a lack of use, if you don't use it you lose it, if we humans do have this ability to detect magnetism, it has atrophied.

  72. Charlie Wolf

    Charlie Wolf

    27 dagen geleden

    Interesting. I can detect permanent magnets and some metals with my hands and feet. It makes for an interesting party game where I can find a coin or small magnet hidden under a tablecloth.

  73. Captain Geoff Burke

    Captain Geoff Burke

    27 dagen geleden

    She makes conslusions based on 1, only a few test, is wrong. There are people, like me who are very sensetive to magnetic fields, and some people use this field to communicate. I always know then the Earths North / South directions are in disagreement . She is wrong

  74. Ryan Austin -

    Ryan Austin -

    27 dagen geleden

    So how do you measure Consciousness to know if it’s being affected by anything at all

  75. Noah Mass

    Noah Mass

    27 dagen geleden

    Should've been recording the α response @ ≈ 08:56 I feel comparing a moment so relatable, may have provided valuable insight.

  76. KamiEp!x


    27 dagen geleden

    "Some kids wear headphones for 10hr a day" Definitely not me I would never wear my headphones for any less than 20 hrs I sleep in the damn things lol

  77. Ung Inc

    Ung Inc

    27 dagen geleden


  78. FalconFetus8


    28 dagen geleden

    > So it's possible our internal compass may be a victim of our modern technology OK, then explain why the compass was invented in the past, before we started surrounding ourselves with artificial magnets. The existence of compasses back then implies that humans had a need for navigation, but lacked the built-in ability to do it without tools.

  79. MetaDex


    28 dagen geleden


  80. Daniel Fien

    Daniel Fien

    28 dagen geleden

    I'm a life long sailor, I believe my sense of direction is strong.

  81. Kai Whatley

    Kai Whatley

    28 dagen geleden

    Yes we can when in a sensitive mindset. ( Electro magnetic fields).

  82. Nixon


    28 dagen geleden

    By quantum biological research we know that birds are sensing the magnetic fields by an extra layer of molecules in their eyes.

  83. Sierra Coker

    Sierra Coker

    29 dagen geleden

    I so wish that I could try this out. I’ve always been told I have the internal compass of a bird. I don’t think I’d ever be lost lol

  84. Bruce Eaton

    Bruce Eaton

    29 dagen geleden

    The one ice optimally scrub because beer phenomenologically carve past a whispering guilty. busy, disgusting chef

  85. Justin Davis

    Justin Davis

    29 dagen geleden

    What I'm taking away from this is the times that I've suddenly glanced at my phone a second before it pinged any notification was definitely real human superpowers. Thanks, gonna fight crime.

    • cannesahs


      13 dagen geleden

      Did you touch the phone before notification?

  86. eclipse


    29 dagen geleden

    Isn't if obvious that a magnetic field affects an electric signal? How is that different from running a signal through a wire and disturbing it with a magnetic field?

  87. Thomas Lucas

    Thomas Lucas

    29 dagen geleden

    These animals aren't responding to magnetism. Its quantum entanglement. Perhaps their ferrous materials may be entangled and sensitive to magnetism but looking at schooling fish and flocks of birds its pretty certain this is quantum entanglement not magnetism. We used to eat the food grown at home now we entangle ourselves with land all over the world.

  88. TheGabo2012


    29 dagen geleden

    you should have got a Tibetan monk to do it muggles eat too many hamburgers and drink fluoride water for you to perceive the aeither

  89. Felix Nelson

    Felix Nelson

    29 dagen geleden

    I spend days being obviously attracted to a rock in the artificial waterfall in my backyard... When I realized it was somehow calling me, so I picked up! Then I made a test with a neodymium magnets and it was totally ferromagnetic!!! Then I remember a rock I picked up and told my mother that I felt it was special.... I went back to that rock I've kept and tested with my magnet... Bam again, magnetic..... I just don't know how explain it... I feel somehow ferromagnetic rock by looking at them....

  90. Gaurav Dharmani

    Gaurav Dharmani

    Maand geleden

    For anyone in and from Toronto, CN Tower has always been our compass XD

  91. Travis Pluid

    Travis Pluid

    Maand geleden

    I mean, this makes sense- why wouldn't a useful and what seems to me fairly "cheap" evolution occur in many species? It just costs a bit of organic iron, and that isn't in that short of a supply. And then, you get a minor, but everpresent sense of direction that, in the natural world, would be nearly entirely untampered with (beyond ore deposits/metal rich meteors in the ground perhaps). I wonder if this phenomenon has anything to do with Dowsing?

  92. Mayada Mohamed

    Mayada Mohamed

    Maand geleden

    The incompetent syria focally escape because march bizarrely load behind a well-off handsaw. broken, wakeful accountant

  93. Winter Star

    Winter Star

    Maand geleden

    I read articles years ago, discussing how Human cells contain very tiny bits of magnetite inside. Some people have more bits of it in their cells, than others. This is also true with other creatures. Also, most creatures on earth have iron, which is attracted to magnets; but our body iron mostly moves around in the blood, for instance, or inside muscles that move..maybe that fine-tunes directionality?? So, yes, these tiny components interact with magnetic field in the environment. It can be used to migrate accurately. Those who still have more of the cellular magnetite, will sense it more easily. The more one can quiet the mind, & observe the phenomenon, practice at it, it gets easier to use it. And, it might indicate that having more usable amounts of cellular magnetite is a feature that has been lost over time from selective mutations by populations ceasing to seasonally migrate. That fairly few can use it now, might also be related to how our world has become overwhelmingly flooded with “electrosmog” of various kinds, which “yell louder” than the cellular magnetite signals. But we also rely on learned visual cues to find our way, so, one must get good with directions, landscape & sky clues, & auditory & other cues. Together, with practice & focus, more humans could still become pretty good at migrating along magnetic pathways. And yes, there have been studies proving that various electrosmog sources DO disrupt mammalian body electrical signals & body processes using electromagnetic signaling. That means, the stronger the electrosmog is, where people spend most time, the more chronically ill & sudden unexpected deaths happen. It is especially physically damaging to immature (children’s) brains; heavy electrosmog literally changes structures in the brains of children & youth, permanently changing/impairing them for the rest of their lives. The damages impair in ways that make it hard for them to reason or be logical, & sets up their brains to be very easily addicted to substance, to certain behaviors which might be socially unacceptable, but worse, makes them easily manipulated. Are.You.Understanding? Maybe you’ve heard the rumor that rich digital electronics moguls don’t let their kids use digital gadgets until they reach their teens, & then, only limited & censored, until they become adults….there are very credible good reasons for that…everyone else should do similarly.

  94. Enorazza


    Maand geleden

    Amazing video! We probably lost our magnetic sense starting from the agricolture invention. We started creating cities and being no more always around for a living. Then, having or not having this genetic feature was not anymore evolutionary interesting.

  95. Gui B

    Gui B

    Maand geleden

    Regarding evolution and loss of magnetic sensing, why not run the experiment on children or babies who have been less exposed to excessive magnetic fields in their life?

  96. Wayuls


    Maand geleden

    Case Study: Getting drunk and "some how" getting home AKA The Drunk Homing Pigeon. Have you ever experienced this, as I know I have. Going out and having just... 'one too many' on a night out, where ones memory draws a blank and you wake up in your bed wondering how the hell you got home? BAM..... Subconscious guiding us back home [via magnetic fields?... who knows]

  97. Gun4Fun Official

    Gun4Fun Official

    Maand geleden

    I haven't watched this video yes and idgaf, the answer to the title is an astounding yes.

  98. Roger B

    Roger B

    Maand geleden

    I wonder how I would do? I have pretty good navigation skill.