Can Humans Sense Magnetic Fields?

  • Published on Mar 18, 2019
  • 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

Comments • 4 657

  • ronaldo grayman
    ronaldo grayman 3 hours ago

    Watch Your Weight !

  • Trailspike
    Trailspike 22 hours ago

    You couldn't just tell us that dogs pooped south to north. You had to show us.

  • El Capitán
    El Capitán Day ago

    I;ve practiced teaching myself, even before I watched this, to sense north in my head. I wonder what my brain would look like in this?

  • Allen Dunn
    Allen Dunn Day ago

    Be interesting to see if brain response to magnetic fields included potentiation of other sensory heightened vestibular, visual, kinesthetic sensitivities

  • Justin Huang
    Justin Huang 2 days ago

    i suppose this gives some credence to people who claim to have EHS (Electromagnetic hypersensitivity)

  • Carlos Paroli
    Carlos Paroli 3 days ago

    In the documentary "lo and behold" they talk about people that had to live in a Faraday cage. This has something to do with those people?

    INDUSTRAILIST 3 days ago

    I use to have a piece of steel in my left hand...I magnetized it! Being a machinist it was very handy in determining non-ferrous and ferrous metals apart :D
    Sadly I lost my gift a year ago after having it for 7years :'(

  • Davide
    Davide 4 days ago

    do these smart people know what doors are?

  • Debbie Debbie
    Debbie Debbie 4 days ago +1

    I see colours while touching sockets sometimes, am told this is an magnetic field is this correct ?

  • Itay Saadon
    Itay Saadon 5 days ago

    That's interesting. I have always had a "sense" where the north is, I even used a few times to navigate with a map and I always got where I wanted to go without problems and sometimes my friends told to close my eyes and they would spin me around and then asked where the north is and I got it right every time

  • Amadour Lopez
    Amadour Lopez 5 days ago

    Humans can only sense the diarrhea floating in their prefrontal laps and sometimes spilling out the mouth..

  • Wikickid
    Wikickid 6 days ago

    I knew that humans have magnetic senses, and we can use it consciously. My grandfather was a diver, he was also born blind. It's always confusing to hear that and know that he regularly dived about every other week. I guess he just liked to swim.

  • Stephen Kersten
    Stephen Kersten 6 days ago +1

    CCW vs CW sensitivity: is there a correlation with handedness?

  • My Name
    My Name 8 days ago

    The disclaimer at the end was... Hilarious. And sad. "No, this isn't magic you lunatic."

  • Rocker Baby
    Rocker Baby 10 days ago

    I'll be honest. I have absolutely no idea what any of these graphs indicate.

  • TotallyTJ
    TotallyTJ 10 days ago

    If it's roughly the strength of earth's magnetic field, doesn't that mean this machine would interrupt every compass in the world

    • Different
      Different 10 days ago

      In magnetic fields there is both strength and range aspects to them.
      A magnet is way stronger than the earth's magnetic field, but only for a short distance.

  • Andres N
    Andres N 11 days ago

    What's up with that chair?

  • nicholas travisano
    nicholas travisano 11 days ago


  • Maira Bay
    Maira Bay 12 days ago

    Who are these "people that are more sensitive to electromagnetism"? Did you find out that they were sensitive with the experiment or before? If before, how did you/they know?

  • Saugat Manandhar
    Saugat Manandhar 14 days ago +1

    I would guess that the North/South/East/West predominance in language has more to do with the latitude rather than magnetic capabilities of humans. Because there isn't a better universal reference point in a primitive age than the sun (weather abiding).

  • Mike -
    Mike - 14 days ago

    couldve done without seeing the dog poop but good video nonetheless lol

  • sande1212
    sande1212 14 days ago

    didn't know Daniel son was a scientist !

  • Tal Maru
    Tal Maru 14 days ago +1

    @veritasium Could you do a video linking this to geomagnetic activity and space weather such as solar flares.

    • Maira Bay
      Maira Bay 12 days ago

      Yes, this would be an interesting research too. Do people get more or less sensitive during solar storms? Would be interesting to find out. There's so much we don't know about electromagnetism.

  • mrfarmer1991
    mrfarmer1991 14 days ago

    Okay. This is so amazing. My mom & husband (my husband especially) know their directions inherently. I’ve always thought it was so weird & unexplainable to me. We just had a conversation the other day about how amazing of a phenomenon it was & I just can’t believe it. We actually did an experiment where I had my husband close his eyes in a pitch dark bathroom, spin around a few times & then tell me what direction was which & he was correct. Anytime we go out of town, we can be in a TOTALLY foreign place in the middle of nowhere downtown & he’ll know exactly what direction is which. Anyway... you get the point. It’s just seriously unbelievable to me. I can’t even comprehend how incredible it is.

  • Aliyas Boatright
    Aliyas Boatright 15 days ago

    The human eye actually had the ability to detect magnetic fields but it's too much stimuli for our brains to handle so they just delete it

  • Klutz
    Klutz 16 days ago +4

    0:55 Wow i am so racist. I was just waiting to hear the biggest asian accent come out of her mouth

    • srhyae45ku+a4u6
      srhyae45ku+a4u6 14 days ago

      It's not racist, you were primed by the japanese accent of the other scientist Shin Shimojo as he introduced himself first. It's useless to guilt yourself. "Racism" is just the brain predicting.

  • Furr Ace 747
    Furr Ace 747 17 days ago

    Is this some what related to like when you get a pencil close to your head and then you get this feeling??

  • EDarien
    EDarien 17 days ago

    I've only had marginal success knowing north without visual help and memory. That said, when electronic devices, particularly televisions, are on in another room, even if they're muted and I can't see the flickers, I can 'feel' it being on and which direction it is in relation to me. I could do that since I was a kid. Don't know if it's related.

  • Cyberization
    Cyberization 19 days ago

    Research is cool!

  • teranyan
    teranyan 20 days ago

    Lol how do you know those changes aren't the effect of the magnetic field on your measuring equipment? This study is dogshit

  • KaRaN aSwaNth
    KaRaN aSwaNth 20 days ago

    am i the only one who didn't understand any of this!! lol

  • Bruce Halford
    Bruce Halford 22 days ago

    I am in love with the male Asian scientist's accent and English. He's immaculate and articulate in explaining the things he's learned over the years. Cheers.

  • joehunter3jh
    joehunter3jh 22 days ago

    Actually showed a turd coming out .lol

  • Tomas Nunez
    Tomas Nunez 23 days ago +1

    They should try this experiment with some kind of tribesmen or someone who is close to nature, . these types of people will be more in tune with other senses that we civilized people lose or have become numb too. U can experience this just by being barefoot outside every day for a few hours ,u will notice a change in subtle ways but it will be noticeable.

  • Baylee Siedr
    Baylee Siedr 23 days ago

    I wonder if people who are more directionally inclined have bigger reaction to magnetic fields than those who don’t. This is really interesting!!!

  • G S
    G S 23 days ago +1

    Standard electrodes are very sensitive to electromagnetic signals in the environment, hence the Faraday cage to shield them out. I am wondering if the EEG signals are the artifact of the environmental electromagnetic fluctuation. The interpersonal differences between the sensitivity could well be correlated with the environmental fluctuations.
    As a control, the signals from the electrodes should be measured without attaching them to a human.

  • Roman
    Roman 24 days ago

    Somehow, this obviously foreign asian lady speaking with a pitch-perfect English accent sounds so unsettling to me. It's just so weird.

  • Backyard Stranger
    Backyard Stranger 24 days ago

    We are robots of society.

  • This one kid
    This one kid 24 days ago +1

    What your favorite meal 1:31

  • vincent castro
    vincent castro 24 days ago

    its fake guys the coils where paid actors

  • Alexander Peniston-Bird

    Imagine putting a dog in there, when it tried to crap, it just keeps spinning to find the right direction.

  • BeatboxNorwich
    BeatboxNorwich 26 days ago

    0:37 Intrucemassel

  • Strawberry Dobreva
    Strawberry Dobreva 26 days ago

    Who the heck put my baby in an electric chair?

  • daniel brendel
    daniel brendel 27 days ago

    Perhaps there is a Gene linked to it?

  • Angel Agape
    Angel Agape 27 days ago

    If the pineal is decalcified then you can feel the magnetic resonance of earth. Can feel algorithm

  • Alif Muhammad Reza
    Alif Muhammad Reza 27 days ago

    some people still have that sense. watch this TED video

  • Richard Weeden
    Richard Weeden 27 days ago +1

    Hmmmm, My grandmother wants her chair back please

  • Fabian F
    Fabian F 29 days ago

    Why does dr persingers research prove this to be the case, that advanced capabilities are connected to this

  • ferrous719
    ferrous719 29 days ago

    My father, older sister, and I are very sensitive to this, but there's also a solar aspect for us. My sister is currently living just south of the equator and she says it messes with her a lot, because the sun's movements don't align with her internal compass. But, we both have a cardinally linked memory thing where we orient ourselves to the same compass point as the memory when trying to recall information.

  • Joseph Smith
    Joseph Smith 29 days ago

    A magnet under the nerve bed of the fingernail gives magnetosense

    BEERCOASTERSpl 29 days ago

    While most brainwashed PC culture believers, SJWs and other LGBTQWERTY dumb activists are focused on completely useless issues in America, Asians are fine and doing what they do on US universities. That's a sign of times that spoiled kids of rich American parents do marxism these days or produce rap music, and obedient kids of Asian parents do PhDs and professorships.

  • candi powell
    candi powell Month ago

    I have seizure disorder I have read that when some one picks up on a non static magnetic field stronger than what they are used to they may see burst of light known as magnetophosphenes .I would see these flashes of light many times before I'd have an attack.Makes me wonder if there is any correlation between the two.

  • Glen Marshall
    Glen Marshall Month ago

    Obligatory dog pooping.

  • Daniel Uko
    Daniel Uko Month ago

    this is better than science class anyday

  • Emirhan Göktaş
    Emirhan Göktaş Month ago

    You can do this experiment at home, you only need one rotating chair. close your ears and rotate yourself to try to guess where you are

  • aceline87
    aceline87 Month ago

    This is how the game SOMA began.

  • uncletigger
    uncletigger Month ago

    Two of my brothers can point North, regardless of sun-exposure, or their orientation, or their position-awareness. This has been proven beyond doubt to my satisfaction, during voyages where the land is over the horizon

  • Gradius
    Gradius Month ago +2

    I wonder how the brain scan would compare to a bird, or another animal that we know does have a strong sense of magnetism.
    Also whether you'd see a response difference with a farmer from a poor rural area over a citydweller, when it comes to the 'too much magnetic stimulus' hypothesis. Or even, accordingly, a difference with younger kids over older adults.

  • Lumberjack Frog
    Lumberjack Frog Month ago

    is there any interference from the magnetic feald on the head gear?

  • iliyana genkova
    iliyana genkova Month ago

    I like your videos :) I will be waiting for a video about Kozyrev's mirrors

  • Dragoon TV
    Dragoon TV Month ago

    you can detect North and South Direction by Sleeping on the same alignment of North and South pole and depends if you are in the Southern or North Hemisphere.

  • Dragoon TV
    Dragoon TV Month ago

    it's no different to this, try sleeping facing the north side every night and report back to me how it is.

  • Bryan Finnerty
    Bryan Finnerty Month ago

    haha you don't need all that to prove it, typical intellectuals (nice people no offense intended) sleep facing North or south then swap around early one morning and dose and your head swims and swirls, proof.

  • woofiewill
    woofiewill Month ago +1

    There is a device called North Sense in the body modification community which is implanted into your chest. I think the idea is that this device outputs a small vibration whenever you are facing north, and you wear it for some months before removing it. After removing it, your body has becoming attuned to identifying when you face north and people retain this ability indefinitely.

    Would be really fascinating to look into things of this nature and determine the amount of truth in that claim!

  • Limara64
    Limara64 Month ago

    Ere I had an MRI and my brain experienced a ‘switching back and forth sensation’ something maybe like a person rapidly turning a light switch on and off.
    Anyone know why or what I felt/sensed?
    Right now I shall watch and hope for an answer.
    Love x

  • Aimee Bernardo
    Aimee Bernardo Month ago

    Please do a video on HIGH POTENTIAL ENERGY THERAPY. What does it really do to your body? Does it really work?

  • Michael Southcott
    Michael Southcott Month ago

    Maybe a road trip to Singalese might be worth dodging poison arrows after all.

  • Ben Tweed
    Ben Tweed Month ago

    What if this experiment is done in a sensory deprivation tank?

  • Bilaval Aziz
    Bilaval Aziz Month ago

    This is why our ancestors asked usto sleep in the North-South direction!!! Or was it east-West!!??

  • Nightfury Matthew
    Nightfury Matthew Month ago

    You COULD have censored the dog pooping...