Why do I sometimes think my cell phone is ringing, when it’s not?

The mysterious world of phantom vibrations

Why do I sometimes think my cell phone is ringing, when it's not?
These glowing numbers might have more power over you than you think. [Image Credit: Samantha Celera; Flickr]

Ah, the cell phone. That magical device that can text, tweet, check email, make appointments, keep our calendar organized, order food, calculate the tip, keep us on the right road … oh right, and make phone calls. But there could be a dark side to our favorite little machines — they could be making us hallucinate.

Is that my phone ringing? by Scienceline

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  1. I’ve been listening to several of your podcasts this morning on my phone instead of getting out of bed. Boy did this one throw me for a loop when I started the podcast and put my phone down on my chest, only to immediately receive a phone call! Thanks for the good laugh at myself. :P

    Steven G., December 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm
  2. I’ve wondered the exact same thing. But you give no answer here

    Howard, August 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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