Implicit Cognition: The Ouija Project

Ideomotor effects are actions that are not perceived as intentional, but seem to emerge with no identifiable source; they are often associated with a sense of involuntariness. The Ouija Board phenomenon is a classic example of this. The goal of this project is to test if a device based on the use of the ideomotor effect and then bypassing the explicit cognition could help to study implicit cognition.

This project covers different aspects that could be explored by a student as part of a research project:

  • Studying what type of thoughts can be expressed through ideomotor actions (e.g. implicit memory, implicit perception).