Real Jedi Mind Tricks: The Psychology of Mind Control

To go along with our video about Jedi Mind Tricks, check out this blog post I wrote for NeuWrite San Diego!

NeuWrite San Diego

Welcome, my young padawans, to Star Wars week. Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out THIS Friday, and the neurds on our team decided that it was a perfect opportunity to do one of our favorite things: connect neuroscience with pop culture! First up: real-world Jedi Mind Tricks.

p9efg Luke receives his father’s lightsaber. Image from: http://www.scifi.stackexchange.com

In Star Wars: A New Hope, the Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi explains The Force to our young hero, Luke Skywalker, as “what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” Jedi and Sith Lords alike are able to tap into this energy, enhancing their physical and mental abilities. The Force can provide its users with a plethora of powers, including super strength and agility, enhanced accuracy, telekinesis, telepathy, and levitation – just to name a few.

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