The Neurochemisty of Psi

14th - 17th August, 2008 - American Psychological Association 116th Annual Convention, Boston, USA. 


Forthcoming Talks:

August 2009:

Liberté, légalité, éternité 

September 2009:  

Luck, Psi and Belief in the Paranormal

Altered States, Imagery and Healing



Psi-verts and Psychic Piracy

Brazilian Psi and Altered States Conference: A Review


Paranormal Phenomena and Psychoactive Drugs

Species Connectedness and Psychedelics 

Parapsychology and Psychedelics

Inner Paths to Outer Space

Entheogenic Entity Encounters 

Inducing Near-Death Experiences with Chemicals

Psychonautic Misadventures in Time

Obituary: Duncan Blewett

Tribute: Albert Hofmann 

An Interview

A Preliminary Survey

Paranormal Experiences and Psychoactive Drugs

Paranormal Phenomena and Psychoactive Drugs

Parapsychology: Magic and Science:

A Magical Perspective on Parapsychology

A Parapsychological Perspective on Magic


Recent Talks:

Liberté, légalité, éternité

Death, and the God of a Thousand Eyes

Psychology and Superstition

Pagan Entheogens

Hofmann, LSD & Parapsychopharmacology

The Neurochemistry of Psi

Entoptics: More Than Meets the Eye?

Parapsychology: Science of the Future or the Past? 

Death, and the God of a Thousand Eyes 

Luck as a Euphemism for Psi?

Does Psilocybin Cause Psi? 

Death and the God of a Thousand Eyes 

Death, and the God of a Thousand Eyes

The Neurochemisty of Psi 

Psi may look like luck 

Testing for Precognition

Entheogens: The Religious /Paranormal Bridge

Sacramental Plants and Psi

The Shaman, The Vision and the Brain

Visionary Encounters and Neurochemical Mythology

Psychedelics, Parapsychology and Exceptional Human Experiences

DMT Entities: Deities or Delusion?

Research in Parapsychology: Academic Studies of Magical Phenomena

Superstition, Magic and States of Mind

You Never Know Your Luck: The Psychology of Superstition

The Neurochemistry of Psi and Associated Processes

- Dr. David Luke and Prof. Harris Friedman

Mysterious Minds Symposium: The Neurobiology of Psychics, Mediums and other Extraordinary People 2008 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, USA - 14th-17th August, 2008

This paper will focus on the use of psychoactive drugs in inducing experiences of anomalous cognition and other ostensibly paranormal experiences and investigate what might be learned, if anything, about the neurochemistry of such experiences. It will briefly review the empirical research in this area and critically evaluate a number of nascent neurochemical models that attempt to underpin the possible neurochemistry of certain ostensibly paranormal experiences, such as ESP (clairvoyance, telepathy or precognition), out of body experiences, near-death experiences, and mediumship.

Most of the published research on this topic has been conducted within the field of parapsychology and has been largely confined to psychedelic and euphoric agents, as few other psychoactive drugs have been reported to induce paranormal-type experiences. There exist a number of direct experimental attempts to induce ESP with such drugs and these will be critically evaluated along with the available survey data. Historical, anthropological, psychiatric and psychotherapeutic reports also add some valuable phenomenological data to this debate. The few extant neurochemical models of paranormal experience will be critically evaluated in light of the parapsychological and neurochemical evidence available. Criticisms of previous research, suggested improvements, and speculations for further areas of research and means of testing these models will also be proposed.

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