"As part of a recent team of scientists whose research has been published in the scientific journal 'Nature', Dr. Oleg Shumilov made the following statement: "If animals can sense the Earth's magnetic field; so why not people." Perhaps his findings are somehow related to a human's reaction to "disorientation".
Lead researcher Robert J. Gegear, from the Department of Neurobiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School highlights their findings:"Our study suggests humans may be genetically pre-disposed to the influence by geomagnetic flux as it relates to the Earth's magnetic field and charged particles such as solar flares, coronal mass ejections, gamma rays, and galactic cosmic rays."
There is consistent evidence of an influence of geomagnetic fields to the human visual system. Moreover, it has been proposed recently that light-sensitive magnetic responses are not only used for directional information, but may also aid in a visual sense-of-direction.
The pineal gland, which regulates melatonin production and the circadian 24 hour rhythm, is sensitive to magnetic fields. Dr. Kelly Posner, a psychiatrist at Columbia University says: "The most plausible explanation for the association between geomagnetic activity and human disturbance is that geomagnetic displacement can desynchronize circadian rhythms and melatonin production." forts.