I don’t honestly think that real spirits can contact you through the Ouija board–but even if you don’t believe in ghosts, the Ouija board can be kind of scary late at night. Especially when you know you weren’t moving the pointer–and your friends swear they weren’t, either.
But then if nobody really was moving the pointer, and there aren’t ghosts, then how does it move? Scientists are pretty confident that when the Ouija board’s pointer moves, it’s because of something called the ideomotor phenomenon. That means that your subconscious mind tells your muscles to move in a certain way (like, to move the pointer with super tiny muscular movements in your fingers) without your brain telling you you’re doing it. So you don’t realize you’re moving the pointer at all, but you are.
Now that I’ve gone and ruined all the fun (okay, I probably haven’t–I knew about the ideomotor phenomenon at that Halloween party and still got weirded out!), here’s a fun song about Ouija boards by Morrissey. . . called Ouija Board, Ouija Board! LOVE! IT!
Do you ever play with Ouija boards? If you do, what’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened while you were playing? Tell us in the comments!