Brain makes decision seconds before you are aware of it

Yesterday I was chatting with my friend over phone. After sometime, we said bye and were about to disconnect the call. While I was just disconnecting the call, I heard her voice from the other side asking me something more. But without sensing it fully, the call had been disconnected by my hands..

My hands could not be prevented from disconnecting the call, while I was hearing her voice.

Is it like hands acting ahead of brain..? Senses to hands are also given by brain.. If so why such timing issue?

This is not a single incident. I felt it many a times, in many occasions (not merely in phone calls)

The call was not actually disconnected, that’s why I heard her voice partially. But all of a sudden hands acted to cut the call. May be the instructions were given to hands ahead of time and hands were simply acting accordingly.

reflexIt is told that brain takes decision 7 seconds before our conscious mind becomes aware of them.

May be the decision to cut the call was taken by brain 7 seconds ahead of time. And hands acted accordingly. In the meantime brain changed its decision recognizing that the other person is talking.But the call was already disconnected by the time conscious mind became aware of the brain’s changed decision.

But even then, why it could not take any reflex actions or changed actions according to new circumstances..?

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One thought on “Brain makes decision seconds before you are aware of it

  1. Sakthi

    April 27, 2016 at 10:28am

    As you made the conclusion with perfect scenario! Our reaction time is 7 seconds delay!

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      Akhila

      April 27, 2016 at 10:33am

      hmm..in fact it was a new information for me. After drafting my post, I just googled my scenario to find out if any scientific reasons. there it is.. found this 7 seconds delay issue

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  2. Jackie Jain

    April 27, 2016 at 1:39pm

    Yes well said Akhila.. In some cases it is true.. Even I have experienced such situations, when our senses work ahead of our brain as they were instructed in before hand. But I think this logic doesn’t work everywhere, as if in cricket when a bowler bowls a ball, the batsman have less than a second time to time the ball. In that time he has to time the ball so nothing is decided in before hand here. I think when we are in a situation when timing is not important, our senses work ahead of time.. Just a guess..

    Good evening.. 🙂

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      Akhila

      May 2, 2016 at 6:35am

      Thanks friend.. I am happy to know that you also had similar experiences.
      have a good day.. and I liked your analogy in cricket bowling..

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  3. Nitin

    April 27, 2016 at 2:58pm

    Yes. You are right on point. Subconscious (Fast thinking) makes that hand act and disconnect the call. Nice read, and well written. 🙂

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      Akhila

      April 27, 2016 at 4:25pm

      Thanks nitin. It’s always a wonder to think about the instructor of brain. .

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  4. neah007

    April 28, 2016 at 3:50am

    Maybe it’s the other way round. Perhaps your conscious mind was aware of it, but the brain didn’t have the time to assess the information and make a decision, or even stop your hands.
    But on the other hand, if your friend had the habit of speaking even after bye, you might have subconsciously expected it. In that case I don’t think you’d cut the call so fast.

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      Akhila

      April 28, 2016 at 3:56am

      he he.. you are too funny…you just transformed the entire case to a new platform. i liked this new approach. thanks friend. have a good day

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  5. myheartbeats4ublog

    May 17, 2016 at 1:53pm

    As usual, very thought provoking article. But agree with neah007…. But true, the command – action delay is very much there… Also liked the ‘cricket’ example in one of the comments…

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  6. Josh

    November 22, 2016 at 9:09am

    Its Because of the lack of situational awareness 😛

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  7. ramesh.c.tiwari

    November 22, 2016 at 9:21am

    Your hand did not act ahead of your brain but rather it carried out the first instruction before it received the second one.

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      Akhila

      November 22, 2016 at 10:34am

      ya.. that’s what is known as the 7 seconds delay..

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    Akhila

    November 22, 2016 at 10:33am

    thank you for your kind words..i liked your comparison on lightning and thunder.

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    Akhila

    November 22, 2016 at 10:46am

    7 times faster…Ahh…hope you are still okay..;)

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  10. vishal4u

    November 22, 2016 at 11:11am

    This had happened with all of us almost many times, but we never thought of it. Nice observation.

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      Akhila

      November 22, 2016 at 11:16am

      thanks vishal.. glad that i am not alone to be less conscious..;)

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      • vishal4u

        November 22, 2016 at 11:36am

        Well I agree that I have been conscious but you took it ahead and found out why such happened. Your curiosity is admirable. Need to learn it soon.

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    Akhila

    November 22, 2016 at 11:49am

    thank you…so now you got a scientifical excuse no..;)

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  12. Bikramjit

    November 22, 2016 at 12:37pm

    I have no clue.. I did Google tooo after reading the first couple of comments too.. wow human brain is a mystery..

    You made a good observation .. 7 seconds is a long time….

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      Akhila

      November 22, 2016 at 1:32pm

      true.. there are many mysteries with your brain…

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  14. Meenakshi Sethi

    November 22, 2016 at 1:51pm

    I’m loving your posts Akhila! They are giving me mew wisdom and food of thoughts to my brain! Thank you!
    And you are right I felt the same many times!

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      Akhila

      November 23, 2016 at 11:40am

      thanks a lot meenakshi..i am really honored with your words..

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  15. 2ndhalfolife

    November 22, 2016 at 8:12pm

    That’s like when you start to shut the car door but know you left the keys inside…but you shut it anyway. And just as you push it, you want to grab it, but it’s too late…..

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      Akhila

      November 23, 2016 at 11:29am

      ha ha.. what else could describe this better than your car example..

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      Akhila

      November 23, 2016 at 12:26pm

      thanks for being here.. will catch you soon

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  17. evanaweb

    November 25, 2016 at 2:54am

    7 seconds?? are you sure?? that seems like so long

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  18. novelistbaba

    November 28, 2016 at 8:58pm

    finally an explanation………this happens all the time…… 🙂 🙂

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  19. novelistbaba

    November 28, 2016 at 9:05pm

    damn it……i hit enter too soon……and now you know why!! 😀 😀

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  20. anand

    December 2, 2016 at 8:01am

    Haa.. it just happens usually to all …

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      Akhila

      December 2, 2016 at 9:54am

      ya…reading the comments, i also felt that it’s not an odd thing…

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