Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Exploring Out-of-Body Experiences, Dissociation, Absorption, and Alterations of Consciousness with Acreative Population in the Ganzfeld

Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Exploring Out-of-Body Experiences, Dissociation, Absorption, and Alterations of Consciousness with Acreative Population in the Ganzfeld

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ABSTRACT: Out-of-body experiences (OBEs) have rarely been correlated with laboratory psi results, and the availability of psychological information on OB experients is lacking in many areas. A previous study by Alvarado, Zingrone, and Dalton (1996) that attempted to relate reported spontaneous OBEs to the outcome of participants' ESP scores in a ganzfeld psi experiment also related the psychological characteristics of participants, such as alterations of consciousness, to the incidence of OBEs.

In this study we report on a similar analysis of data from a recent ganzfeld psi study involving a creative population, conducted by the first author (Dalton, 1997) while at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The original study was composed of 128 individuals, preselected on the basis of artistic or creative talent, previous spontaneous psi experiences, and a positive attitude toward the existence of psi phenomena. We predicted positive relationships between OBE claims and ganzfeld ESP scores, an index of psi experiences, dissociation, absorption, spontaneous alterations of consciousness, lucid dreams, alterations of consciousness in the ganzfeld, and meditation. …

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