Vectorial Cerebral Hemisphericity as Differential Sources for the Sensed Presence, Mystical Experiences and Religious Conversions

@article{Persinger1993VectorialCH,
  title={Vectorial Cerebral Hemisphericity as Differential Sources for the Sensed Presence, Mystical Experiences and Religious Conversions},
  author={Michael A. Persinger},
  journal={Perceptual and Motor Skills},
  year={1993},
  volume={76},
  pages={915 - 930}
}
  • M. Persinger
  • Published 1 June 1993
  • Psychology
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills
Multiple variants of the sensed presence often precede mystical and religious experiences that are frequently followed by sudden, permanent changes in self-concept. The model of vectorial hemisphericity assumes that the relative metabolic activity of synaptic patterns between the cerebral hemispheres at the time of transient interhemispheric intercalation determines the affect, content, and type of experience. Depending upon the relative activity of the two hemispheres, intrusions of the right… 
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