Showing posts from October, 2007

Presentiment in the brain

Just published: Toward Understanding the Placebo Effect: Investigating a Possible Retrocausal Factor , Dean Radin and Eva Lobach, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Volume 13, Number 7, 2007, pp. 733–739 Objective : Conventional models of placebo effects assume that all mind–body responses associated with expectation can be explained by ordinary causal processes. This experiment tested whether some placebo effects may also involve retrocausal, or time-reversed, influences. Design: Slow cortical potentials in the brain were monitored while adult volunteers anticipated either a flash of light or no flash, selected with equal probability by a noise-based random number generator. Data were collected in individual sessions of 100 trials, contributed by 13 female and 7 male adult participants. Outcome measures: Ensemble median slow cortical potentials 1 second prior to a light flash were compared with the same measures prior to no flash. A nonparametric randomized permutation

Intentional chocolate article published

Effects of Intentionally Enhanced Chocolate on Mood has been published in the Elsevier journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, Volume 3, Issue 5, Pages 433-546 (September 2007). The paper is coauthored with Gail Hayssen and James Walsh. You can download the pdf for free by going to and clicking on "current issue" or "past issues," depending on when you read this post. The issue to look for is September/October 2007. I plan to continue a line of research focusing on the apparent intentional effects reported in that paper, across a wide variety of substances.