Kw-logo-smaller

Body and Mind Experiments

Arm trick that messes with the mind.
Your Arms Will Play Tricks on You
Body and Mind Experiments - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 1 Star Rating)

Mind Tricks, Body Experiments, Floating Arms, How the Brain Works

1 Stand in a doorway with your hands by your side. Press the back of your hands against the frame (like you're trying to raise your hands.) Stand there for about a minute but keep pressing your hands against the frame. Then step out of the doorway and let your hands relax at your side. What happens?

Your arms raised by themselves right? The entire time you pressed your hands against the frame, your brain was sending signals to your muscles to raise your arms. A signal was sent for long enough that there was tension on your muscles. When you relaxed your arms, there was still some tension so the arms began to rise. Weird, huh?

1 Here's another experiment. Lay down on the floor and close your eyes. Get a friend to lift your legs up and hold them there for about two minutes. Relax and think pleasant thoughts. Then your friend needs to lower your feet very slowly. Sounds boring but after a few seconds it'll feel like your legs are going through the floor. Instead, they're still being lowered.

1 You'll need a friend for this trick as well. Lay on your stomach with your arms stretched out above your head and your eyes closed. Have a friend hold them as high off the floor as possible - but not so it hurts. After about a minute, your friend needs to lower your arms very slowly. Like the above experiment, you'll think your arms should've touched the floor. It feels like you're falling even though you're lying down.

1 When your friend raises your legs, you must relax. Your brain goes back into a relaxed mode also, and forgets that your legs are raised (it thinks they're still on the floor). When your legs are put back down, it thinks they are on the ground so, when your legs are lowered... you get the sensation of falling!

Kidz Submit by:

Nickname: WX4NC
Age: 14

If you can give us an explanation for the last two experiments, we'd love to hear it. Kidzworld spent a lot of time digging around for answers and couldn't come up with anything. So if you have the facts, .

Related Stories:

  • Fun School Science Fair Projects
  • How Blood Carries Oxygen
  • How Helium Works
  • readers voted!

    Comments

    miz-wolf1

    miz-wolf1 wrote:

    Whoa I wanna try this
    commented: Mon Dec 02, 2013

    brunostar

    brunostar wrote:

    Cool Grin
    commented: Sun Jul 07, 2013

    mya02

    mya02 wrote:

    make a fist with both hands and put them together press together tightly for one minute
    commented: Thu Jun 06, 2013

    there are 9 more comments

    Please login or register to add comments


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like it!

    latest videos

    F1016500327125

    Did The Mind Trick Work? Vote!

    • Yes! It was sooo weird! (We know.)
    • No. I tried but nothing happened. (Keep trying.)
    • I dunno. I never tried. (What are you waiting for?)

    related stories

    Micro_micro_icecream
    Ice cream is definitely one of the most delicious treats you can have, but did you know you don’t...
    Micro_terranium-micro
    Would you like a rain forest in your bedroom? What about a sandy desert? Though you may not want ...
    Micro_rock-candy-micro
    Did you know crystals aren't just for decoration? If you need some science fair project inspirati...

    Random in the forums

    Macbarbie09
    Macbarbie09 posted in General:
    Zachary!  [s:p/zsw] [s:p/zt3] [s:p/zxl] [s:p/10f2] [s:p/o90] [s:p/zon] [s:p/oaq]  :) :( :/ :| Xp :punk =( ;) :love :mad :sad :angel :o) :O :D  8) :p :S :e :vampire :tired :asleep :devil :blush :annoyed :angry :confused :bigfrown :hippie
    reply about 1 hour
    xXFangsXx
    xXFangsXx posted in Debating:
    Well, not nessesarily. If you like him then tell him. The worst he can say is no! And trust me, I have gone through this many times!
    reply about 1 hour
    american_brit
    It really depends. I can be pretty shy at times...  but, I'm usually not around my friends. In fact, it can be quite the opposite xD
    reply about 1 hour
    iNutellaTwilight
    Yusuf
    reply about 2 hours
    WizardGirl3311
    WizardGirl3311 posted in General:
    A while back i made Keep Calm And posters for other users, so i decided to reopen! Just fill out this form and i'll make you one!   :) Text Line 1: (Nothing inappropriate) Text Line 2: (Again, nothing inappropriate) Background Color: Text Color: (Black or White) Picture: (Optional; And again, nothing inappropriate.) And here's some examples. if you like one, you're welcome to it! Psst....... Search 'Keep Calm And' Picture Workshop! to access my original thread! If you find anything you like there, you're welcome to it!
    reply about 2 hours

    play online games

    Valantine-day-crossword-thumb

    Valentine's Day is almost here! Time for candy, hearts, flowers, love and, of co...

    Goodgameempire-thumb

    Goodgame Empire is a great strategy title by Goodgame Studios. Build your own ca...

    Black-history-month-crossword-pre

    Black History Month is a time to celebrate the amazing contributions of African ...

    Black-history-month-crossword-pre

    Black History Month is a time to celebrate the amazing contributions of African ...

    Blobthrower-thumb

    Shoot blobs with different properties to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be r...

    Candy-cash-thumb

    Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    _thumb_100x100

    Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...