A groundbreaking study from the University of Central Florida psychology department has revealed the existence of what some are calling humankind’s ‘real sixth sense’.
As part of an ongoing study, psychology researcher Dr. Phillip Dibmarzo observed UCF students in their natural habitat: walking aimlessly down Memory Mall. After poring over several semesters’ worth of observational data, Dibmarzo has made a striking discovery – students can sense the path of an oncoming golf cart with 92% accuracy.
“It’s incredible — even with Air Pods in, UCF students have this almost intuitive sense of whether or not a golf cart is rapidly approaching from behind. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Dibmarzo’s data shows this effect is seen in nearly all students. Although students with Air Pods showed slower reaction times, they still were able to move out of the way in time.
“It doesn’t seem to be based in the actual sound of the golf cart. It’s almost like this built-in, primal instinct. Almost like the very presence of a golf cart activates this fight-or-flight kind of response,” Dibmarzo says.
Dibmarzo’s graduate student, Anna Dreuf, notes the golf cart sense seems to extend to longboards as well. “Who among us has not sensed an oncoming longboarder? You can almost feel its approach in your very soul. It’s nearly impossible to ignore.”
Jeb Stein, president of the Golf Cart Operators’ Union of UCF, agrees with Dibmarzo’s results. “I’ve seen the same thing myself. The only people who don’t move out of the way are those who don’t respect the golf cart lifestyle — the Anti-Cartites. But that’s a whole other story.”
Further research is being conducted to see just how potent the effect is within the UCF population, and what its implications are. In the meantime, UCF students are advised to keep out of the way of golf carts.