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Title: Imagery Cultivation and Extra-Sensory Perception
Contributor(s): Storm, Lance (author); Rock, Adam John  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Bern and Honorton (1994) assert that, "Historically, psi has often been associated with meditation, hypnosis, dreaming, and other naturally occurring or deliberately induced altered states of consciousness" (p. 5). Perhaps the most widely used technique in this context is the Ganzfeld ("total field") which may be defined, in broad terms, as a "homogeneous perceptual environment" (Bern, 1993, p. 102). Specifically, the Ganzfeld consists of an undifferentiated visual field created by viewing a red light through halved translucent table-tennis balls taped over a percipient's eyes. Additionally, an analogous auditory field is produced by listening to stereophonic white or pink noise (i.e., a monotonous hissing sound; Bern, 1993). Therefore, as a procedure whereby a 'sender' (agent) is required to "psychically communicate" (Milton & Wiseman, 1999, p. 387) a picture target or movie-film target to an isolated 'receiver' (percipient) who is in the Ganzfeld condition of homogeneous sensory stimulation, the Ganzfeld is usually regarded as inducing an altered state of consciousness (ASC) 2 that is considered psi-conducive.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: In Search of Psi: Contemporary Perspectives on Extra-Sensory Perception, Psychokinesis, and Survival, p. 1-31
Publisher: Pari Publishing
Place of Publication: Pari, Italy
ISBN: 9788895604220
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520599 Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Editor: Editor(s): Adam J Rock, Lance Storm
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