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dc.contributor.advisorBarker, Lewis
dc.contributor.advisorEscobar, Marthaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorFreida, Elainaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorKatz, Jeffreyen_US
dc.contributor.authorPlatt, Tysonen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-09-09T21:23:53Z
dc.date.available2008-09-09T21:23:53Z
dc.date.issued2007-05-15en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10415/832
dc.description.abstractEarth produces a dipole static magnetic field that is sufficiently stable to allow derivation of directional cues in a variety of species. This ability, known as magnetoreception, has been studied primarily in birds and reptiles, but some research has suggested that the ability exists in mammals. The present set of experiments was designed to investigate magnetoreception in human. Three experiments are discussed in which participants were exposed to static magnetic field anomalies in a variety of contexts. In Experiment 1, participants were taken to test locations and asked to indicate the location of a target. In Experiment 2, participants were required to guess which cardinal direction they faced while being rotated in a chair. In experiment 3, participants were required to discriminate between the presence and absence of a static magnetic field anomaly. While results were mixed, Experiment 3 suggests that an ability to discriminate between the presence and absence of a magnetic field anomaly can be acquired over time. Theoretical implications and suggestions for further research are discussed.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectPsychologyen_US
dc.titleThe Effects of Static Magnetic Fields on Directionality in Humansen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.embargo.lengthNO_RESTRICTIONen_US
dc.embargo.statusNOT_EMBARGOEDen_US


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