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A recent series of scientific studies by Dr. Daryl Bem suggest the brain has the ability to 'anticipate' future events.

A recent series of scientific studies by Dr. Daryl Bem suggest the brain has the ability to ‘anticipate’ future events.  The social psychologist explored the psi phenomena in nine experiments, investigating the possibility that people can recall information before they study it.

Psychology Today explains the study;

…we all know that rehearsing a set of words makes them easier to recall in the future, but what if the rehearsal occurs after the recall? In one of the studies, college students were given a list of words and after reading the list, were given a surprise recall test to see how many words they remembered. Next, a computer randomly selected some of the words on the list as practice words and the participants were asked to retype them several times. The results of the study showed that the students were better at recalling the words on the surprise recall test that they were later given, at random, to practice. According to Bem, practicing the words after the test somehow allowed the participants to “reach back in time to facilitate recall.”

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