'Go with your gut instincts', goes the saying. And now it has been proven right by researchers at Columbia University who call this the "emotional oracle effect".Basically, what it means that your gut feeling is your internal summary of all you have ever known about the topic in your life.
The researchers looked at 8 different studies including those on the 2008 U.S. Democratic presidential nominee, the box-office success of different movies, the winner of American Idol, movements of the Dow Jones Index, the winner of a college football championship game, and even the weather. The researchers found that 72% of those who trusted their feelings predicted Barack Obama would beat out Hillary Clinton for the 2008 Democratic nomination. Moreover, the self-trusting participants were also 17% more accurate in guessing American Idol winners and 25% better with the Dow Jones Index.
Read more on gut feeling (or, the sixth sense, if you will) and future prediction here.