An experimental technique used in Parapsychology since the 1970s to create an environment of sensory deprivation to stimulate the receptivity of ESP.
'Ganzfeld' means 'whole field' in German, and refers to the blank field of vision that confronts a test subject.
In a ganzfeld test a receiver attempts to perceive thoughts and impressions transmitted by a sender. The receiver is placed in a soundproof room, wears eye cups to remove visual distractions (the eyes remain open throughout the procedure), and earphones to mask sounds. The sender is seated in a similar soundproof room and given an image to focus on and transmit, selected at random by a computer. At the end of the session, the receiver is shown a selection of images and asked to pick the target. The removal of extraneous sensory data creates a sense of disorientation in the receiver, and the subject may have periods of 'blank out' similar to a hypnotic or meditative state.
According to the research results, it is during these periods that subjects are most receptive, with success rates of up to 50 per cent, compared to the expected chance rate of 5 per cent.
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Sources: (1) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing; (2) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group; (3) Shepard, Leslie A and Melton, J. Gordon (Editors), Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Gale Group.
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