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Tall Tales about the Mind and BrainSeparating fact from fiction$
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Sergio Della Sala

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.001.0001

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Ouija, dowsing and other seductions of ideomotor action

Ouija, dowsing and other seductions of ideomotor action

(p.411) Chapter 25 Ouija, dowsing and other seductions of ideomotor action
Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain

Ray Hyman

Oxford University Press

There has been evidence for understanding the effects of ideomotor action for over 150 years. Yet, the phenomenon remains surprisingly unknown, even to most scientists. This ignorance contributes to embarrassing examples of otherwise competent scientists supporting invalid and dangerous systems such as applied kinesiology, facilitated communication and therapeutic touch. This chapter cites some features that characterise nearly all the systems involving ideomotor action, including projections of the operator's actions onto an external force; delusions of grandeur; delusions of persecution; and self-sealing belief systems.

Keywords:   dowsing, kinesiology, ideomotor action, delusions, facilitated communication, therapeutic touch, belief systems

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