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Supernatural senses you might not have heard about before

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEvery attempt at proving people possess a telepathic sixth sense that has ever been undertaken ultimately failed. But humans do have additional senses that we never use or don’t even notice when we use them.

National Geographic has compiled a list of six supernatural senses people are not aware they have:

We can smell other people’s personality and emotions

Sometimes we have to understand a stranger’s intentions within seconds. Thankfully, evolution has given us a way to do that. We can say a lot about a person without having him say anything. This is partially tied to each person’s unique smell.

A scientific experiment revealed that it is possible to tell a person’s personality judging by the way he smells. Scientists asked participants of the experiment to wear the same shirt three nights in a row. Participants were not allowed to use soap, deodorants or other means of covering the natural smell of their bodies.

A different group of participants was then given those shirts and asked to tell which personality characteristics fit owners of those shirts the most – domination, neuroticism or extraversion. Results of the experiment turned up an unbelievable correlation between personality and smell. So it seems that smell tells as much about a person’s character as language or behaviour.

During ovulation women can sense the presence of snakes and homosexual men

Every month women experience emotional surges and drops depending on the menstrual cycle. It turns out this cycle has an additional function – it gives women the ability to sense the presence of snakes and homosexual men.

During one experiment scientists presented women pictures of snakes hiding in grass. Women who were at the time experiencing ovulation found the reptiles the fastest. The theory is that evolution has given women ready for reproduction additional cognitive senses in regards to danger.

A different experiment revealed and even more interesting side of things – women experiencing ovulation could tell based off photos which men were homosexual. It is possible that nature gave women such ability so that they would not waste time on homosexual men and simply focus on finding a healthy heterosexual mate.

Men can sense when women ovulate

Research shows that men not only sense when a woman ovulates – they also unconsciously change their behaviour during that period of time. When a woman ovulates, her voice, body smell and skin tone change. Men can sense this without even knowing it.

When a woman ovulates, men act in a way to leave the best possible impression on a woman.

Your eyes can see even if you’re blind

As part of an experiment, scientists presented blind people with images of sad and happy people. As it turned out, blind people managed to tell the difference between images that depicted happy people and images that depicted sad people. There is no way they could have seen faces, but somehow their brains could tell what was in front of them.

How can this be? Many blind people have no problems with eyes. The problem instead lies in the visual cortex – the part of the brain that processes what eyes see.

Sometimes the body finds a way to send such information to the brain. Such an event is called blindsight.

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