I realise this study is pretty old so a lot of people would have heard of it, but I just thought it was interesting enough to post up here. I've only just found out about it on this documentary. 


Cool huh!

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Hmm. I am skeptical about this. However, I think the helmet might cause a feeling of relaxation. Electromagnetic induction transforms the electromagnetic field of the helmet into electrical signals into the brain, messing it up a little. With some control you can aim certain spots of the brain to relax it.

Also, Dawkins got relaxed by this but because he wasn't a believer he didn't associate the experience with god. Please point us with the Swedish Psychologist experiment so we can validate it. If not, Persinger's result is valid.

Persinger's response to the Swedish experiment is here:

http://www.innerworlds.50megs.com/The_God_Helmet_Debate.htm

There's always to two sides to a story.

Ah well thanks for enlightening me everyone. It seemed like a great study but the previous participants weren't shown on the documentary, only Richard Dawkins. I thought it might be a bit suspicious when it didn't work on him but I wanted to believe it... I'm ashamed to admit!
It does seem plausible, it would have to be a very well designed study to prove it either way. When you're dealing with studies in perception it must be monstrously hard to get clear data. I would love to see more research on this.

When meditating there is a release of endorphins in the brain that would explain the feelings that people have.

It can also be produced with music. I could see where there could be a possibility that Persinger's helmet would trigger that same release of endorphins.

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