Increased geomagnetic activity and the occurrence of bereavement hallucinations: Evidence for melatonin-mediated microseizuring in the temporal lobe?

  title={Increased geomagnetic activity and the occurrence of bereavement hallucinations: Evidence for melatonin-mediated microseizuring in the temporal lobe?},
  author={Michael A. Persinger},
  journal={Neuroscience Letters},
  • M. Persinger
  • Published 7 June 1988
  • Psychology
  • Neuroscience Letters
Average Diurnal Changes in Melatonin Levels are Associated with Hourly Incidence of Bereavement Apparitions: Support for the Hypothesis of Temporal (Limbic) Lobe Microseizuring
Although the hourly incidence of subjective experiences of telepathy, precognition, and bereavement apparitions were all significantly correlated with published indices of hourly melatonin levels, only the significant association betweenmelatonin levels and apparitions was not changed when the other two classes of psi experiences were held constant.
Geomagnetic activity and enhanced mortality in rats with acute (epileptic) limbic lability
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Contextual Mediation of Perceptions in Hauntings and Poltergeist-like Experiences
It is argued that a more complete explanation of haunting experiences should take into account both electromagnetically induced neurochemical processes and factors related to contextual mediation.
The neuropsychiatry of paranormal experiences.
  • M. Persinger
  • Psychology, Biology
    The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences
  • 2001
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.
The solar wind and hallucinations--a possible relation due to magnetic disturbances.
Data from the 19th century on hallucinations and magnetic disturbances were found to exhibit a direct and statistically significant correlation. The aa magnetic index over the period 1868-89 and
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Geophysical Variables and Behavior: LXXIX. Overt Limbic Seizures are Associated with Concurrent and Premidscotophase Geomagnetic Activity: Synchronization by Prenocturnal Feeding
The results supported the hypothesis that increased geomagnetic activity during specific subintervals of the circadian period suppresses the activity of the endogenous anticonvulsant melatonin and lowers the threshold for paroxysmal electrical seizures.
Geomagnetic, Cross-cultural and Occupational Faces of Sleep Paralysis: An Ecological Perspective
S leep paralysis (SP) is a rapid eye movement (REM) sleep disturbance and concurrent dream phenomena which usually occurs at sleep onset, upon awakening, or during the transition between REM and


Psychological Responses in the Human to Intracerebral Electrical Stimulation
&NA; During interviews, intracerebral electrical stimulation of sharply localized areas in the temporal lobe of a young woman with psychomotor epilepsy consistently produced ego‐alien ideational
Religious and Mystical Experiences as Artifacts of Temporal Lobe Function: A General Hypothesis
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.
Hallucinations on Brain Stimulation: Evidence for Revision of the Penfield Hypothesis
It is found that similar hallucinatory experiences may arise from subcortical stimulation of the temporal lobe, which is pertinent to the processes involved in perception, imagery formation, and memory.
Temporal lobe epileptic signs and correlative behaviors displayed by normal populations.
The results suggest that functional hyperconnectionism of cortical-limbic systems within the brain may be more prevalent in the normal population than previously suspected.
The role of the limbic system in experiential phenomena of temporal lobe epilepsy
Patients with medically intractable temporal lobe epilepsy who were investigated with chronic, stereotaxically implanted intracerebral electrodes reported perceptual experiential phenomena that mainly consisted of perceptual hallucinations or illusions, memory flashbacks, illusions of familiarity, forced thinking, or emotions.
Symptomatology of Nonconvulsive Seizures: Ictal and Postictal
An analysis of the simultaneous recordings of EEG activity and the behavior of patients with nonconvulsive seizures on closed circuit television led to improved recognition and management of the seizures by providing information essential for making proper diagnoses and classification.
Schizophrenia: no longer a functional psychosis