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Ideomotor Response

Donate The Ideomotor Response underlies a number of occult phenomena and alt-med practices.  

by Kevin Hoover

Filed under Alternative Medicine, Consumer Ripoffs, Fads, General Science, Health, Paranormal

Skeptoid Podcast #451
January 27, 2015
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Hoover, K. "Ideomotor Response." Skeptoid Podcast. Skeptoid Media, 27 Jan 2015. Web. 23 Apr 2024. <>


References & Further Reading

Carpenter, Willian Benjamin. "On the influence of suggestion in modifying and directing muscular movement, independently of volition." Proceedings of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. 12 Mar. 1852, Unknown: 147-153.

Carroll, R. "Ideomotor Effect." The Skeptic's Dictionary. Robert T. Carroll, 12 Sep. 2014. Web. 5 Aug. 2015. <>

Easton, R., Shor, R. "An Experimental Analysis of the Chevreul Pendulum Illusion." The Journal of General Psychology. 1 Jul. 1976, Volume 95, Number 1: 111-125.

Hyman, Ray. "How People Are Fooled by Ideomotor Action." Quackwatch. Stephen Barrett, M.D., 26 Aug. 2003. Web. 5 Jan. 2015. <>

Randi, James. An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995. 128, 169, 177, 228.

Tyson, Neil deGrasse. "Star Talk Radio." Star Talk Radio. Curved Light Productions, 21 Dec. 2014. Web. 27 Dec. 2014. <>


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