Michael A. Persinger
Departments of Psychology and Biology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Canada
Director of Laurentian University's Consciousness Research Laboratory. Notable for his work in the field of neurotheology. Michael A. Persinger is a cognitive neuroscience researcher and university professor with over 200 peer-reviewed publications. He is primarily notable for his experimental work in the field of neurotheology, work which has come under increasing fire in recent years. Much of his work focuses on the commonalities that exist between the sciences, and aims to integrate fundamental concepts of various branches of science. In 1974 Persinger proposed that extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves may be able to carry telepathic and clairvoyant information. Persinger has published reports of rudimentary 'telepathic' communication between pairs of subjects in the laboratory. He has also published increases in remote viewing accuracy of remote viewer Ingo Swann. During the 1980s he stimulated people's temporal lobes artificially with a weak magnetic field to see if he could induce a religious state. He claimed that the field could produce the sensation of "an ethereal presence in the room".
Christina F. Lavallee
Departments of Psychology and Biology, Laurentian University,Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Canada
Principles of Neurotheology is the scholastic integration by the perspicacious Andrew Newberg of two seemingly disparate fields, neuroscience and theology. Principles of Neurotheology is not just merely a discussion of God and brain. The multidisciplinary nature of neurotheology requires an integrative framework to discern the mind/brain connection with religion/spirituality; Newberg describes how this can be accomplished.