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

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  • skog mose
    skog mose 10 hours ago

    4:05 she has big pussy small head kek

  • shiny x
    shiny x 15 hours ago

    It seems like a similar test would be a useful way to test a lot of different extra-sensory phenomenon.

  • wolfedog99
    wolfedog99 Day ago

    I've heard of studies that show much higher mental mapping and sense of direction in people who spent substantial time in the rural outdoors as very young children.

  • The Quintessential Gamer

    2 dogs, 1 cup

  • Glenn Krieger
    Glenn Krieger Day ago

    Well, I was eating breakfast when that north facing dog...

    Of some real world interest would be (and at the risk of being sexist here) to compare males and females. Just for kicks. Or, maybe not.

  • Kason Tucker
    Kason Tucker Day ago

    Say you were lost in the woods and your brain can detect magnetic fields to tell direction what if your “gut” is telling the way to go

  • Aaa Aaa
    Aaa Aaa Day ago

    If I am a jedi warrior, i will tell you; "The force may be with you"

  • Aaa Aaa
    Aaa Aaa 2 days ago +2

    What if we test those people who have telekinetic abilities to see if their is a geomagnetic sensory response to the magnetic field and can the also the key to unlock the secrets of telekinesis and practice it naturally. Let's understand it

  • Scrandryle
    Scrandryle 2 days ago


  • Shable
    Shable 3 days ago

    I feel incredibly stupid

  • ronaldo grayman
    ronaldo grayman 4 days ago

    Watch Your Weight !

  • Trailspike
    Trailspike 4 days ago

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

  • El Capitán
    El Capitán 5 days 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 5 days 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 6 days ago

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

  • Carlos Paroli
    Carlos Paroli 7 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 7 days ago +1

    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 8 days ago

    do these smart people know what doors are?

  • Debbie Debbie
    Debbie Debbie 8 days ago +1

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

  • Itay Saadon
    Itay Saadon 9 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 9 days ago

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

  • Wikickid
    Wikickid 10 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 10 days ago +1

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

  • My Name
    My Name 12 days ago

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

  • Rocker Baby
    Rocker Baby 14 days ago

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

  • TotallyTJ
    TotallyTJ 14 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 14 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 15 days ago

    What's up with that chair?

  • nicholas travisano
    nicholas travisano 15 days ago


  • Maira Bay
    Maira Bay 16 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 18 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 - 18 days ago

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

  • sande1212
    sande1212 18 days ago

    didn't know Daniel son was a scientist !

  • Tal Maru
    Tal Maru 18 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 16 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 18 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 19 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 20 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 18 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 20 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 21 day 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 23 days ago

    Research is cool!

  • teranyan
    teranyan 24 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 24 days ago

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

  • Bruce Halford
    Bruce Halford 26 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 26 days ago

    Actually showed a turd coming out .lol

  • Tomas Nunez
    Tomas Nunez 27 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 27 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 27 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 28 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 28 days ago

    We are robots of society.

  • This one kid
    This one kid 28 days ago +1

    What your favorite meal 1:31

  • vincent castro
    vincent castro 28 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 29 days ago

    0:37 Intrucemassel

  • Strawberry Dobreva
    Strawberry Dobreva Month ago

    Who the heck put my baby in an electric chair?

  • daniel brendel
    daniel brendel Month ago

    Perhaps there is a Gene linked to it?

  • Angel Agape
    Angel Agape Month ago

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

  • Alif Muhammad Reza
    Alif Muhammad Reza Month ago

    some people still have that sense. watch this TED video

  • Richard Weeden
    Richard Weeden Month ago +1

    Hmmmm, My grandmother wants her chair back please

  • Fabian F
    Fabian F Month ago

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

  • ferrous719
    ferrous719 Month 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 Month ago

    A magnet under the nerve bed of the fingernail gives magnetosense

    BEERCOASTERSpl Month 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 +3

    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.

  •  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...

  • Tuzz Nation
    Tuzz Nation Month ago

    Chinese uses a lot of cardinal position references especially older people.but im pretty sure we cant sense direction. Its just how we speak

  • me and my brother
    me and my brother Month ago

    The human brain is flexible and can sense patterns. What's going on is probably the brain being slightly "disrupted" by the changes in the magnetic field. You can probably learn to notice if something happens to your senses and make the connection that it's because of a particular electromagnetic wave change but...i don't see how you can use that as a compass.

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    • Graeme P. Van Reenen-Mills
      Graeme P. Van Reenen-Mills Month ago

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    • trapd00rspider
      trapd00rspider Month ago +1

      I think you meant this comment for the last video. This is about magnetic fields and the brain now.

  • Frenzy
    Frenzy Month ago


  • Sparrow
    Sparrow Month ago

    So I wonder what the more sensitive people would feel if the Earth's magnetic field suddenly flipped? Would they feel a bit off for a while?

  • shrishak shrestha
    shrishak shrestha Month ago +1

    IDK why but japanese accent makes everything sound cool 😁

  • Sonof Earthandsky
    Sonof Earthandsky Month ago

    do humans have small magnetic fields around them? and can some humans be sensative to not only the directional fields of earth but the field of individuals or specific places too?

  • bkbenelli
    bkbenelli Month ago +4

    How can you tell she's a legit scientist? 64 bit PuTTY shortcut on her desktop.

  • bkbenelli
    bkbenelli Month ago +4

    I don't know about the magnetic field, but who doesn't like to poop with the sun at your backside?

  • UnAquatic Worm
    UnAquatic Worm Month ago

    5:05. Hope he isn’t the one telling you how to unarm a bomb.

  •  Month ago

    Many people do use cardinal references instead of egocentric ones. I know I do. In fact, it is difficult for me to understand egocentric references when given directions. I always prefer cardinal references (like go north.. etc.) I am not sure that this is due to me sensing the magnetic fields, because when I traveled to Japan, my 'compass' was 180 degrees off until I retrained it, which took weeks to do.

  • Johan Butenschøn Skre

    Could you please do a video about 5G and Wi-Fi etc. and which effects they have on us (if any)? There are so many conspiracy nuts peddling crap about this on social media and youtube at the moment, they own the subject unfortunately.

  • rigo702
    rigo702 Month ago

    even though its subconscious in your brain. I'm sure mine would be so bad at reacting i always point the wrong direction when i tell someone about a good restaurant up the street. it is even worse inside a building. i don't think i ever pointed at the right direction when i describe a location inside a building.

  • Tobias Rietveld
    Tobias Rietveld Month ago

    In birds at least there has been a recent study suggesting that they actually can see the earth's magnetic field as it distorts the light in wavelengths their retinas are particularly attuned for (even suggesting this ability improves during migratory season), applying a directional filter across their horizon.

  • AmountStax
    AmountStax Month ago

    What about a sensory deprivation tank instead of a chair? I don't know how the salt water would effect the test but maybe could be improved by removing even more external stimulation.

  • Dhamma
    Dhamma Month ago

    dude at 4:26 looks like if joji lost half of his people and then failed to kill thanos

  • Artis Jones
    Artis Jones Month ago

    Tears of fears

  • Artis Jones
    Artis Jones Month ago

    Connie sucks and her ball cap too

  • Artis Jones
    Artis Jones Month ago

    This sucks

  • Artis Jones
    Artis Jones Month ago

    Your stupid