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

@article{Persinger2005ART,
  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},
  year={2005},
  volume={380},
  pages={346-347}
}
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