Dr. Michael Persinger lectures on psychotropic drugs and investigates the nature of consciousness: What it is and how it can be modified by drugs, particularly those that have political and economic impact.
Persinger focuses much of his work on the commonalities that exist between the sciences, and aims to integrate fundamental concepts of various branches of science. He organized the Behavioral Neuroscience Program at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, which became one of the first to integrate chemistry, biology and psychology.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of much of his work, Persinger insists on publishing his techniques and results within the public forum (the scientific literature). Except for $10,000 given to him in 1983 by a researcher from the U.S. Navy who had an interest in magnetic fields and brain activity, his private practice has supported all of his work. Laurentian University supplies only space and infrastructure. Recently, Persinger has received grants from a Canadian SIDS foundation.
During the 1980s Persinger stimulated people’s temporal lobes artificially with a weak magnetic field to see if he could induce a religious state (see God helmet). He found that the field could produce the sensation of “an ethereal presence in the room”.
Susan Blackmore, a former academic psychologist and parapsychology researcher: “When I went to Persinger’s lab and underwent his procedures I had the most extraordinary experiences I’ve ever had.” “I’ll be surprised if it turns out to be a placebo effect.”
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