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The research of the character of human cognizance, a dormant and infrequently taboo subject in psychology, is once more constructing right into a revered box of inquiry. this can be the 1st booklet to supply a vast clinical perspective for the research of a number of designated states of recognition.

The editor combines a humanistic technique, consisting of an understanding of the nice capability richness in human event indicated by way of ASCs, with the disciplined precision of a scientist. He brings a qualified standpoint to the statement of the more and more frequent use and resultant results of drug, Yoga, self-hypnosis, and different technique of generating ASCs that are popularly considered as comprising both an important social challenge or an indication of confident swap in a materialistic civilization.

Studies of ASCs produced by means of psychedlic medicines, for instance, are put during this ebook inside of a large, illuminating viewpoint that comes with papers on mystical studies, hypnagogic (between waking and snoozing) states, dream recognition, meditation, hypnosis, and mind wave feedback-produced states.

In this quantity, Professor Tart has introduced jointly 35 clinical papers which illustrate the diversity of ASCs and their results, which describe a few of the thoughts, either historical and sleek, for generating ASCs and, maybe most crucial, which convey that ASCs may be studied scientifically with out destroying their inherent human richness.

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The phenomena the subjects reported fulfilled Werner's criteria completely, although the extent of change varied from one subject to the next. They described their reactions to the percept, a blue vase, as follows: (a) an increased vividness and richness of the percept—"more vivid," "luminous"; (b) animation in the vase, which seemed to move with a life of its own; (c) a marked decrease in self-object distinction, occurring in those subjects who continued longest in the experiments: " . . I really began to feel, you know, almost as though the blue and I were perhaps merging, or that vase and I were It was as though everything was sort of merging .

In the studies of experimental meditation already mentioned, two longterm subjects reported vivid experiences of light and force. For example: . . shortly I began to sense motion and shifting of light and dark as this became stronger and stronger. Now when this happens it's happening not only in my vision but it's happening or it feels like a physical kind of thing. It's connected with feelings of attraction, expansion, absorption and suddenly my vision pinpointed on a particular place a n d .

This concept is related to Silberer's (1951) concept of hypnagogic phenomena but differs in its referents and genesis. In the hypnagogic state and in dreaming, a symbolic translation of psychic activity and ideas occurs. Although light, force, and movement may play a part in hypnagogic and dream constructions, the predominant percepts are complex visual, verbal, conceptual, and activity images. * •Somewhat related concepts, although extreme in scope, are those advanced by Michaux (1963, pp. 7-9), who suggests that the frequent experience of waves or vibrations in hallucinogenic drug states is the result of direct perception of the "brain waves" measured by the EEG; and by Leary (1964, pp.

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