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Type: Journal article
Title: Shamanism, imagery cultivation, and psi-signal detection: a theoretical model, experimental protocol, and preliminary data
Author: Rock, A.
Storm, L.
Citation: International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 2012; 31(2):91-102
Publisher: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1321-0122
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Adam J. Rock, Lance Storm
Abstract: Historically, transpersonal experience has been linked to paranormal or anomalous experience (i.e., psi, such as telepathy, psychokinesis, clairvoyance). In parapsychology, the Ganzfeld (i.e., a homogeneous visual and auditory field) is arguably the most widely used ostensibly psiconducive technique. However, one area of shared interest in parapsychology and transpersonal psychology is shamanic experience (see Daniels, 2005). Based on anthropological and parapsychological claims concerning alleged psi effects during shamanic practices, we (Storm & Rock, 2009a) proposed an imagery cultivation (IC) model, which encourages ostensibly psi-conducive cognitive activity during a shamanic-like journeying procedure rather than the mental quietude promoted by the Ganzfeld noise-reduction model. In this paper we outline our IC model and describe an experimental protocol designed to test that model. Our recent empirical tests of the model (Rock, Storm, Harris, & Friedman, 2012; Storm & Rock, 2009b) are also reviewed. Finally, various directions for future research are proposed.
Keywords: Ganzfeld; imagery cultivation; parapsychology; psi; shamanic-like journeying; shamanism
Rights: Copyright of International Journal of Transpersonal Studies is the property of Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
RMID: 0030014100
DOI: 10.24972/ijts.2012.31.2.91
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