A response to Granqvist et al. “Sensed presence and mystical experiences are predicted by suggestibility, not by the application of transcranial weak magnetic fields”

  title={A response to Granqvist et al. “Sensed presence and mystical experiences are predicted by suggestibility, not by the application of transcranial weak magnetic fields”},
  author={Michael A. Persinger and Stanley A. Koren},
  journal={Neuroscience Letters},
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Sensed presence and mystical experiences are predicted by suggestibility, not by the application of weak complex transcranial magnetic fields
Sensed presence and mystical experiences are predicted by suggestibility, not by the application of weak complex transcranial magnetic fields
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