Is my phone really vibrating?

Published on December 20th, 2011
Is my phone really vibrating?

Do you ever feel your phone vibrating in your pocket or purse, only to be greeted by a blank screen.

If you’re experiencing “phantom vibrations,” or, scientifically speaking, “sensory hallucinations”, it could be because you’re little nuts…

Michael Rothberg, a researcher from the United States says that we experience errors in perception, when the brain’s struggle to make sense of the constant influx of data.

According to an article on, you’ve got these different types of sensory inputs coming in, and your brain is trying to filter them out and trying to make sense of them, it makes sense of them in terms of what it’s used to looking for.

So say for example you’re someone who gets a lot of messages, your brain is already expecting them to come in. So anything that could be perceived as a vibration, will be. Read the rest of the article here.