Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Public Parapsychology Talk (Columbus,Ohio): Neuroscientific Perspectives on Apparitions, OBEs & Self-healing

Feeling the presence of a non-physical entity, experiencing being outside of one’s own body and alleviating the sensation of pain without medicine – these experiences sound like science fiction movie themes . However, recent neuroscience research has explored how these occurrences happen by ordinary means while investigating the underlying brain mechanisms that induce them. On Monday April 10th (7pm) at the Upstairs Arts Space in Columbus, Ohio,  Pavo Orepić of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience (LNCO) of École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland will present what his lab has discovered about what happens in one's brain while experiencing these “supernatural” sensations and how can they be induced by external sensory manipulation.

Pavo Orepić is a neuroscience PhD student at EPFL in Switzerland. He is currently involved in several projects at the Center for Neuromodulation, located at the Department of Neurosurgery at The Ohio State University (OSU). Having graduated in computer science at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, his job is developing virtual reality technologies that are being used as tools for prominent neuroscience research.

Admission is free. Donations to offset meeting expenses will be gratefully accepted. RSVP at Facebook.  More info at parapsych.org.


Euvaldo Cabral Jr. said...

..it says "how they can be induced by external stimuli".. well, in view of more than well-documented facts related to the existence of non-physical beings and realities, if the "external stimuli" involve ALSO the possible presence of non-physical persons and/or the leaving of the body of the person´s non-physical body, this is a good step forward. If it does not, it is just one more rubbish materialistic work making a "de-service" do mankind. I call all these kind of work (if it is materialistic rubbish), "blackmoreonic work" in honor to their champion Susan Blackmore. Please, inform about publications that can be commented.

Annalisa Ventola said...

Hi Euvaldo, neuroscientific (and anomalistic psychology) approaches to these topics can be informative and instructive so long as they are not reductive. The work being discussed in this talk furthers our understanding of consciousness and it has therapeutic potential - far from "debunking" psi, it may provide another piece of the puzzle.