Goal orientation by blindfolded humans after long-distance displacement: possible involvement of a magnetic sense

Science. 1980 Oct 31;210(4469):555-7. doi: 10.1126/science.7423208.


A wide range of animals are able to orient toward home when subjected to displacement-release experiments. When comparable experiments are performed on blindfolded humans, a similar ability emerges. Such goal-orientation does not result from following the complete journey on a mental map, nor is it influenced by cloud cover. Bar magnets worn on the head do seem to exert an influence.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetics
  • Male
  • Orientation / physiology*