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The neuropsychiatry of paranormal experiences.
  • M. Persinger
  • Psychology, Medicine
    The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical…
  • 1 November 2001
TLDR
Both the occurrence of paranormal experiences and their rates of incidence are associated with specific types of neuronal activity within the temporal lobes, and this linkage does not verify the validity of the content of the experiences but simply indicates that specific patterns of activityWithin theporal lobes and related structures are associatedWith the experiences.
Religious and Mystical Experiences as Artifacts of Temporal Lobe Function: A General Hypothesis
  • M. Persinger
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Perceptual and motor skills
  • 1 December 1983
TLDR
These temporal lobe microseizures can be learned as responses to existential trauma because stimulation is of powerful intrinsic reward regions and reduction of death anxiety occurs, and the implications of these transients as potent modifiers of human behavior are considered.
Physiological and cognitive correlates of child abuse.
TLDR
These findings support a model that describes the effects of abuse as delaying cognitive development and inhibiting physiological responsiveness to the environment.
10-20 Joules as a neuromolecular quantum in medicinal chemistry: an alternative approach to myriad molecular pathways?
  • M. Persinger
  • Chemistry, Medicine
    Current medicinal chemistry
  • 31 August 2010
TLDR
Experimental measurements of photon emissions from cell cultures and the serial steps of phosphorylation in general molecular pathways and transformations in chromophores supported the hypothesis that molecular pathways are simply epiphenomenal transports of quanta with increments in the order of 10(-20) J.
Striking EEG Profiles from Single Episodes of Glossolalia and Transcendental Meditation
  • M. Persinger
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Perceptual and motor skills
  • 1 February 1984
TLDR
Two illustrated instances have been recorded of the occurrence of spikes within the temporal lobe only during protracted intermittent episodes of glossolalia by a member of a pentecostal sect, commensurate with the hypothesis that religious experiences are natural correlates of temporal lobe transients that can be detected by routine EEG measures.
EXPERIMENTAL FACILITATION OF THE SENSED PRESENCE IS PREDICTED BY THE SPECIFIC PATTERNS OF THE APPLIED MAGNETIC FIELDS, NOT BY SUGGESTIBILITY: RE-ANALYSES OF 19 EXPERIMENTS
TLDR
Re-analyses with additional data for 407 subjects showed that the magnetic configurations, not the subjects' exotic beliefs or suggestibility, were responsible for the experimental facilitation of sensing a presence.
Neuropsychological bases of God beliefs
Preface Introduction: The Importance of Predicting the God Experience The Temporal Lobe: The Biological Basis of the God Experience Predicting Brain Factors in the God Experience Ego-centrism: The
Congruence of Energies for Cerebral Photon Emissions, Quantitative EEG Activities and ~5 nT Changes in the Proximal Geomagnetic Field Support Spin-based Hypothesis of Consciousness
The hypothesis by Hu & Wu that networks of nuclear spins in neural membranes could be modulated by action potentials was explored by measurements of the quantitative changes in photon emissions,
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