Written by Colton De Vos, Creative Communication Student at Red River College.
Want to know what’s in store for the future? There’s an app for that.
What if your smart phone could warn you of future occurrences before they happen? There’s an app for that too.
Julia Mossbridge, M.A., Ph.D. is a Research Associate of the Psychology Department at Northwestern University. She recently completed a potentially ground-breaking study which analyzed 26 other studies measuring the physical responses that occurred prior to an exciting or scary, heart-racing event.
Interestingly, a small but noticeable physiological effect such as a spike in adrenaline levels, heart rate, and pupil dilation was consistent throughout the majority of circumstances.
Mossbridge has said, “I’m working on building an iFuture app — a portable electronic application that uses your physiology to warn you of future events that matter to you. Imagine a beeping sound that goes off before your boss walks into your cubicle or there’s the neurosurgeon who wears her iFuture-enabled device and if her heart begins to show the physiological signature that usually occurs before her patient has a bleeding vessel, she prepares her tools to stop the bleed just as it begins. ”
The research shows the physical response happens two to ten seconds before the incident and does not try to disguise the fact that they are uncertain what causes it.
“Because we are at the beginning of understanding both of these very complex phenomena, it seems wise to keep our explorations both open and rigorous as we continue exploring the evidence and what it could mean.”