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 (ī′dē-ə-mō′tər, ĭd′ē-)
Of or relating to an unconscious or involuntary bodily movement made in response to a thought or idea rather than to a sensory stimulus.
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(Physiology) physiol designating automatic muscular movements stimulated by ideas, as in absent-minded acts
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(ˌaɪ di əˈmoʊ tər, ˌɪd i ə-)

of or pertaining to an involuntary body movement evoked by an idea or thought process rather than by sensory stimulation.
i`de•o•mo′tion, n.
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The Museum of Talking Boards site, however, has ( their own opinion on ideomotor effect. "Ideomotor response is the fancy-schmancy term scientists use to say that you moved the message indicator yourself without knowing that you did it.
As an illustration of how the mind can play games, members of his society have learned how to trigger this ideomotor effect in people holding pendulums, he says.