Can you exercise your imagination to move very fast? and is there a paper on that, sort of?
December 30, 2011 8:25 AM Subscribe
Can people visualize themselves moving faster than they are physically capable of moving?
posted by bleary to science & nature (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Back in the stone ages when I was in college taking some psyc classes, I vaguely remember hearing about a study where subjects visualized(?) navigating to a location. They timed the task, and it matched up with the walking speed of the person. Am I completely confabulating this? I can't think of good enough search terms to find an article about it. speaking of which, mental time travel, pulls up interesting articles.
Anyhoo, I really would love to find a paper on that experiment, if it exists. And then on to the stupid second part of the question. sometimes I am semi lucid in a dream and want to shift my perception to a different location in the scene. I can't seem to imagine myself just showing up there (like teleporting). So I was wondering if there would be a way to exercise my imagination so that I could move of shift perception to a location faster than I can literally move.