Year : 2008 | Volume
: 1 | Issue : 2 | Page : 66--71
Investigating paranormal phenomena: Functional brain imaging of telepathy
Ganesan Venkatasubramanian1, Peruvumba N Jayakumar1, Hongasandra R Nagendra2, Dindagur Nagaraja1, R Deeptha2, Bangalore N Gangadhar1
1 National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India
2 Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore, India
Aim: «DQ»Telepathy«DQ» is defined as «DQ»the communication of impressions of any kind from one mind to another, independently of the recognized channels of sense«DQ». Meta-analyses of «DQ»ganzfield«DQ» studies as well as «DQ»card-guessing task«DQ» studies provide compelling evidence for the existence of telepathic phenomena. The aim of this study was to elucidate the neural basis of telepathy by examining an individual with this special ability.
Materials and Methods: Using functional MRI, we examined a famous «DQ»mentalist«DQ» while he was performing a telepathic task in a 1.5 T scanner. A matched control subject without this special ability was also examined under similar conditions.
Results: The mentalist demonstrated significant activation of the right parahippocampal gyrus after successful performance of a telepathic task. The comparison subject, who did not show any telepathic ability, demonstrated significant activation of the left inferior frontal gyrus.
Conclusions: The findings of this study are suggestive of a limbic basis for telepathy and warrant further systematic research.
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore - 560 029
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Venkatasubramanian G, Jayakumar PN, Nagendra HR, Nagaraja D, Deeptha R, Gangadhar BN. Investigating paranormal phenomena: Functional brain imaging of telepathy.Int J Yoga 2008;1:66-71
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Venkatasubramanian G, Jayakumar PN, Nagendra HR, Nagaraja D, Deeptha R, Gangadhar BN. Investigating paranormal phenomena: Functional brain imaging of telepathy. Int J Yoga [serial online] 2008 [cited 2020 Aug 15 ];1:66-71
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