Ideomotor effect - a pseudoscientific term used by pseudoskeptics, the term predates the birth of any kind of modern science of the mind, even Freud.
from another thread on this forum:
Ray Hyman is a member of CSICOP an organsation that seeks to debunk the so-called "paranormal". He is entitled to his opinion (but I wouldn't give twopence for it).Ian Pegler wrote:from The Divining Hand by Christopher Bird, p.86...
same book, p. 88...Christopher Bird, The Divining Hand wrote:"In yet another huge book on mineralogy written in Latin, Father Bernard Caesius in 1636 began
to wrestle with the problem of, not whether, but why the rod should turn at all.
He came to the conclusion that the rod did not move of itself but was somehow moved by the
So it would be wrong to suggest that Willian Benjamin Carpenter discovered the ideomotor effect, he merely coined the term.Christopher Bird, The Divining Hand wrote:"Both Caesius and [Athanasius] Kircher were among the first to state that seemingly involuntary
muscular action on the part of a dowser causes their dowsing instruments to move."
Dowsers have known for a very long time (centuries!) that this kind of involuntary subconscious movement is untimately responsible for the movement of the rods. But really so what? It doesn't always respond in accordance with expectations, not if you're doing it right. The term "ideomotor effect" says nothing about the nature of consciousness or how the mind knows more than it should.
Psychology textbooks in which you will find this term are mostly written by pseudoskeptics with an axe to grind against subjects like dowsing.