The Sensed Presence Within Experimental Settings: Implications for the Male and Female Concept of Self

  title={The Sensed Presence Within Experimental Settings: Implications for the Male and Female Concept of Self},
  author={Michael A. Persinger},
  journal={The Journal of Psychology},
  pages={16 - 5}
  • M. Persinger
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Psychology
Abstract The sense of “a presence” or of a sentient being during partial sensory deprivation and exposure to very weak, complex magnetic fields across the cerebral hemispheres may be a normal neurocognitive experience that is associated with the brief intrusion of the right hemispheric homologue of the left hemispheric (and strongly linguistic) sense of self into awareness. Within an optimal experimental setting, women reported more frequent experiences of a sensed presence than did men, and… 
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