What massage therapist hasn’t relied on intuition occasionally? Although it’s no match for knowledge of anatomy, this felt sense of knowing is a tool that can guide one’s hands to a certain body area or determine what stroke to use.
New research shows intuition may rely less on guesswork and luck than on memory.
The research from Northwestern University utilized the latest brain-reading technology to point to the surprising accuracy of memories that can’t be consciously accessed.
“We may actually know more than we think we know in everyday situations, too,” said Ken Paller, professor of psychology at Northwestern. “Unconscious memory may come into play, for example, in recognizing the face of a perpetrator of a crime or the correct answer on a test. Or the choice from a horde of consumer products may be driven by memories that are quite alive on an unconscious level.”
The study suggests we shouldn’t rely only on conscious memory, Paller concludes. “It suggests that we also need to develop our intuitive nature and creativity. Intuition may have an important role in finding answers to all sorts of problems in everyday life.”