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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..?


Author: Akhila

Flying across the space between words and whipping up whimsical waves of notion to discern the quantum code of my soul.

77 thoughts on “Brain makes decision seconds before you are aware of it

  1. Haa.. it just happens usually to all …

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  2. finally an explanation………this happens all the time…… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  3. 7 seconds?? are you sure?? that seems like so long

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  4. ….and you do think and think and think more…and get me thinking too! Y?

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  5. And Ankhila thinks too much! πŸ˜ΉπŸ™ˆ But, that’s good. 😍😍😊😊

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  6. My wife reckons my delay is more like 7 minutes …

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  7. Hmm…. Informative post… Well, I don’t care about this… Do you? 😁😁

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  8. Good posts, beautiful blog.
    Welcome to see my creations:


  9. 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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  10. That brain’s too clever for its own good!

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  11. 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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  12. And you call her back and say, “sorry, my brain had already decided to cut the call seconds before so the call got cut. ” Nice excuse 😜😜😜

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  13. 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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  14. Really a good observation… Most of the time this happens with me too.😊 (I’m happy that I’m not the only oneπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‚)

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

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  16. My brain is working more than 7 times faster when reading your posts..haahaa
    Yes,happens with me too and how come you think questions like this..probably a great engg mind behind it.Have a great day ahead fierce woman😊

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  17. Really a great observation..
    almost like lighting and thunder.., the sound πŸ”Š actually comes before the lightning β›ˆ..
    but because lightning β›ˆ travels so much faster than sounds..
    We see the lightening first..

    Our brains signal our reaction..
    And we react before the brain can change our mind to stop βœ‹

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  18. 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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  19. Its Because of the lack of situational awareness πŸ˜›

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 7 seconds.? That’s a long delay. πŸ™‚

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

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  24. 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.. πŸ™‚

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

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