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File189 - Exploration of the Effect of Local Geomagnetic Activity and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation on Psychic Awareness2009-102013-07

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
189 - Exploration of the Effect of Local Geomagnetic Activity and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation on Psychic Awareness
Duration: 2009-10 - 2013-07
Researcher(s):
Serena M. Roney-Dougal, Adrian Ryan
Institution(s): Psi Research Centre, Glastonbury, Somerset (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Unpublished documents
Language: eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Magnetic field / Extrasensory perception (ESP) / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation

DocumentFinal report - Exploration of the Effect of Local Geomagnetic Activity and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation on Psychic Awareness2013

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
189 - Exploration of the Effect of Local Geomagnetic Activity and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation on Psychic Awareness
Duration: 2009-10 - 2013-07
Researcher(s):
Serena M. Roney-Dougal, Adrian Ryan
Institution(s): Psi Research Centre, Glastonbury, Somerset (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Unpublished documents
Language: eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Magnetic field / Extrasensory perception (ESP) / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189.01
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
Final report - Exploration of the Effect of Local Geomagnetic Activity and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation on Psychic Awareness
Publication year: 2013
URL:
http://www.bial.com/imagem/Bolsa189-08_03012014.pdf
Abstract/Results: RESULTS:
Geomagnetic activity was at its lowest level since records began over 100 years ago. This meant that the original project of ascertaining variation in effect on psychic awareness from sunspot minimum to maximum could not be determined. Therefore, results from both the preliminary and follow-up studies were combined. The main findings were:
1) Overall, males scored significantly negatively (mean psi score = -0.15, p = .02, 2-tailed), whereas females scored at chance levels (mean psi score = 0.02); the difference was significant (p = .03).
2) Although the first hypothesis was not supported significantly, psi scoring did drop-off at high levels of band 3 GMA as predicted. The GMA threshold at which scores dropped was lower than hypothesized, but close to that observed in a recent study of local GMA during 100 remote viewing trials conducted at Lancaster University.
3) Participants achieved high scores during periods of very low band 3 GMA. This pattern was also observed in the Lancaster University study mentioned above, but not in other data sets studied by Ryan.
4) Hypothesis 2 was not supported. There was no indication of an enhancement of psi scoring during periods of high band 1 activity. This is probably attributable to the extremely low levels of GMA during the study.
5) The exploratory hypothesis, that the participants responding most strongly to GMA would be those with the highest scores on the TLE questionnaire, was marginally significant (p = .06).
6) A second exploratory hypothesis postulating a link between daily temperatures and psi scoring was in a similar direction to that predicted but not to a significant degree.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
2
Indexed document:
No
Keywords: Psychic awareness / Geomagnetic field / Tibetan Buddhist meditation / Psi performance

Final report - Exploration of the Effect of Local Geomagnetic Activity and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation on Psychic Awareness

Final report - Exploration of the Effect of Local Geomagnetic Activity and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation on Psychic Awareness

DocumentThe relationship between local geomagnetic activity, Tibetan Buddhist meditation and psychic awareness: preliminary study 2010

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
189 - Exploration of the Effect of Local Geomagnetic Activity and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation on Psychic Awareness
Duration: 2009-10 - 2013-07
Researcher(s):
Serena M. Roney-Dougal, Adrian Ryan
Institution(s): Psi Research Centre, Glastonbury, Somerset (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Unpublished documents
Language: eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Magnetic field / Extrasensory perception (ESP) / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189.02
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
The relationship between local geomagnetic activity, Tibetan Buddhist meditation and psychic awareness: preliminary study
Publication year: 2010
URL:
http://gala.gre.ac.uk/3910/
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
The proposal is that the local environment, as well as the person?s state of consciousness, affects the ability to consciously use psychic awareness.
For the past three decades research in parapsychology has found evidence that psychic awareness may be related to fluctuations in geomagnetic activity (GMA). Most of this research has used global measures of GMA, but recently Ryan found that certain classes of local GMA appeared to enhance receptive psi, whilst other classes had an inhibitory effect. He demonstrated that these patterns accounted well for the previously reported relationships between psi performance, global GMA and local sidereal time. We are running a long-term study with a special population, which will hopefully help to elucidate this effect.
This research also extends previous studies with Yogis and Tibetan Buddhist monks in India, seeing whether the finding, that more years of meditation practice is related to psi-hitting, remains true for Western Tibetan Buddhist meditation practitioners, and further exploring which aspects of meditation are most psi-conducive.
A clairvoyance/precognition free-response design is being used in which the participant, after a 15-minute meditation period, attempts to correctly choose a video clip selected at random by a computer. The computer program (PreCOG) chooses a target set at random from a pool of 25 sets, and a target video clip at random from the 4-clip set. Each participant completes a minimum of eight sessions each year, which enables both a within-subjects and a between-subjects design to assess whether or not local GMA is related to psi awareness. This design has both a randomized double-blind and inbuilt fraud control. Participants are all meditators residing at Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan centre who have practiced meditation for at least 10 years, up to a maximum of 30 participants.
There are three psychological tests being correlated with the psi scores at present: the Meditation Attainment Questionnaire is a measure of the level of meditation attainment achieved by each participant; the Stroop test is a measure of focus of attention; and the Temporal Lobe Questionnaire assesses temporal lobe lability, which may be an indicator of the degree to which the person is affected by GMA. Geomagnetic field measurements sampled each second are being supplied by the British Geological Survey's Eskdalemuir observatory, which is located 2 miles from Samye Ling Tibetan centre. There are three formal hypotheses:
1) Years of meditation practice will be positively associated with performance on the psi task;
2) Psi performance for sessions conducted during “high band” 1 (0.2 – 0.5 Hz) GMA will be greater than psi performance for sessions conducted during “low band” 1 GMA;
3) Psi performance for sessions conducted during “high band” 3 (0.025 – 0.1 Hz) will be less than psi performance conducted during “low band” 3 GMA.
In addition, as this is a preliminary study, a number of exploratory analyses, such as correlations with the psychological tests, are planned in order to enable optimum design for the controlled studies to follow.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A., Luke, D.
Document type:
Abstract book
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Roney-Dougal, S., Ryan, A., & Luke, D. (2010, July). The relationship between local geomagnetic activity, Tibetan Buddhist meditation and psychic awareness: preliminary study. Paper presented at the 53rd Parapsychological Association Annual Convention, Enclos Rey, Paris, France. Parapsychological Association, Columbus, OH, USA, pp. 35-36.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Tibetan Buddhist meditation / Geomagnetic field / Pineal gland / Psi / Precognition / Clairvoyance

DocumentThe relationship between local geomagnetic activity, meditation and psi. Part 1: Literature review and theoretical model2013

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
189 - Exploration of the Effect of Local Geomagnetic Activity and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation on Psychic Awareness
Duration: 2009-10 - 2013-07
Researcher(s):
Serena M. Roney-Dougal, Adrian Ryan
Institution(s): Psi Research Centre, Glastonbury, Somerset (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Unpublished documents
Language: eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Magnetic field / Extrasensory perception (ESP) / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189.03
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
The relationship between local geomagnetic activity, meditation and psi. Part 1: Literature review and theoretical model
Publication year: 2013
Accessibility:
Document exists in file (previous version submitted for publication)
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A., Luke, D.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Roney-Dougal, S.M., Ryan, A. & Luke, D. (2013). The relationship between local geomagnetic activity, meditation and psi. Part 1: Literature review and theoretical model. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 77.2, 72-88.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Meditation / Geomagnetic field / Psi

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DocumentFollow-up study of the relationship between local geomagnetic activity and psychic awareness2013

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
189 - Exploration of the Effect of Local Geomagnetic Activity and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation on Psychic Awareness
Duration: 2009-10 - 2013-07
Researcher(s):
Serena M. Roney-Dougal, Adrian Ryan
Institution(s): Psi Research Centre, Glastonbury, Somerset (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Unpublished documents
Language: eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Magnetic field / Extrasensory perception (ESP) / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189.04
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
Follow-up study of the relationship between local geomagnetic activity and psychic awareness
Publication year: 2013
URL:
http://www.parapsych.org/uploaded_files/pdfs/00/00/00/00/39/2013_pa_convention_abstracts_of_presented_papers.pdf
Accessibility: Document exists in file (full paper)
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A., Luke, D.
Document type:
Abstract book
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Roney-Dougal, S. M., Ryan, A., & Luke, D. (2013, July). Follow-up study of the relationship between local geomagnetic activity and psychic awareness. In M. Biondi & P. Tressoldi (Eds.), 56th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association: Abstracts of Presented Papers (pp. 29-30). Viterbo, Italy: Parapsychological Association.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Geomagnetic activity / Psi / Meditation / Precognition / Clairvoyance / Gender differences

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DocumentPreliminary study of the relationship between local geomagnetic activity, tibetan buddhist meditation and psychic awareness2011

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
189 - Exploration of the Effect of Local Geomagnetic Activity and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation on Psychic Awareness
Duration: 2009-10 - 2013-07
Researcher(s):
Serena M. Roney-Dougal, Adrian Ryan
Institution(s): Psi Research Centre, Glastonbury, Somerset (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Unpublished documents
Language: eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Magnetic field / Extrasensory perception (ESP) / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189.05
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
Preliminary study of the relationship between local geomagnetic activity, tibetan buddhist meditation and psychic awareness
Publication year: 2011
URL:
http://www.parapsych.org/uploaded_files/pdfs/00/00/00/00/24/2011_pa_convention_abstracts.pdf
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
For the past three decades, research in parapsychology has found evidence that psychic experiences may be
related to fluctuations in geomagnetic activity (GMA). Most of this research has used global measures of GMA, but recently Ryan has found that certain classes of local GMA appeared to enhance receptive psi.
He demonstrated that these patterns accounted well for the previously reported relationships between psi
and global GMA. A long-term study is being run with experienced meditators, which will hopefully help to elucidate this effect. Experienced meditators in India scored well on a receptive psi task, and this finding was further investigated in this study.
A free-response design was used in which the participant, after a 15 minute meditation period, attempted to correctly choose a pseudo-randomly selected video clip. The computer programme (PreCOG) chose a target set at random from a pool of 25 sets, and a target video clip at random from the 4 - clip set. PreCOG also randomly selected whether the target would be chosen before the participant saw the set (clairvoyance), or after (precognition). Each participant completed a minimum of 8 sessions (trials) each year. There were 14 participants, all Western Buddhist meditators residing at the Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan centre in Scotland, or in the nearby village, who had practiced meditation for at least 10 years. Two questionnaires and one psychological test were completed: the Meditation Attainment Questionnaire (MAQ) is a measure of the level of meditation attainment achieved; the Stroop test is a measure of focus of attention; and the Temporal Lobe Experience (TLE) questionnaire assesses temporal lobe lability, which may indicate both a participant‘s propensity for psi-type experiences and the degree to which the person is affected by GMA. Geomagnetic field measurements were supplied by the British Geological Survey‘s Eskdalemuir observatory, which is located 2 miles from Samye Ling. There were three formal hypotheses: 1) Psi scoring for sessions conducted dur ing periods with high band 3 (0.025–0.1 Hz) GMA would be lower than during low band 3 GMA. During the two-year period of this study solar activity was low, and of the 160 sessions run there was only one session with high band 3 GMA. Therefore, no meaning ful analysis could be done.
2) Psi scoring for sessions conducted during high band 1 (0.2–0.5 Hz) GMA would be higher than during low band 1 GMA. Again, due to the low level of solar activity, there were no findings.
3) Years of meditation practice would be positively associated with higher psi scoring. This hypothesis was not supported. In addition, some exploratory analyses were done. Of these, the Stroop, MAQ and TLE failed to show significant correlations, possibly owing to the overall chance psi scoring. A peak of psi scoring was found
in May, supporting earlier findings by Sturrock and Spottiswoode. There were reasonably strong correlations of psi scoring with seasonal change in temperature. There was no effect of lunar phase on psi scoring. A follow - up study for a further two years is in progress.
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Language:
eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A., Luke, D.
Document type:
Abstract book
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Roney-Dougal, S. M., Ryan, A., & Luke, D. (2011). Preliminary study of the relationship between local geomagnetic activity, tibetan buddhist meditation and psychic awareness. In M. Kittenis (Ed.), 54th Parapsychological Association Annual Convention: Abstracts of Presented Papers (pp. 20-21), Curitiba, Brazil: Parapsychological Association
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Geomagnetic activity / Tibetan Buddhist meditation / Psychic awareness / Precognition / Clairvoyance

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Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
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Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
Title:
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
189 - Exploration of the Effect of Local Geomagnetic Activity and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation on Psychic Awareness
Duration: 2009-10 - 2013-07
Researcher(s):
Serena M. Roney-Dougal, Adrian Ryan
Institution(s): Psi Research Centre, Glastonbury, Somerset (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Unpublished documents
Language: eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Magnetic field / Extrasensory perception (ESP) / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-189.06
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 15/2008
Title:
The relationship between local geomagnetic activity and psychic awareness
Publication year: 2014
Abstract/Results:
ABSTRACT:
There is evidence that psychic experiences are related to geomagnetic activity (GMA). However, sometimes these are related with higher, and sometimes with lower, GMA. This anomaly may be clarified by studying local GMA. In order to explore this, a 4-year investigation was conducted. Unfortunately, solar activity and GMA were at their lowest for 100 years, so it was necessary to combine the preliminary and follow-up study data. Both studies used the same free-response design. The 26 participants, all of whom resided at, or near, Samye Ling Tibetan Centre, had practiced meditation for at least 10 years. Each participant completed a minimum of eight sessions each year. Three questionnaires and one psychological test were completed. Geomagnetic measurements were supplied by the British Geological Survey’s observatory located near Samye Ling. There was no difference between sessions conducted during high or low band 1, or high or low band 3 GMA, but post-hoc analyses suggested a band 3 GMA effect. Overall, males’ psi scores were significantly negative (p = .02, two-tailed), whereas females scored at chance; the difference was significant (p = .03). The participants with the highest temporal lobe questionnaire scores showed the strongest correlation of psi with GMA (p = .06).
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
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Language:
eng
Author:
Roney-Dougal, S. M.
Secondary author(s):
Ryan, A., Luke, D.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Roney-Dougal, S. M., Ryan, A., & Luke, D. (2014). The relationship between local geomagnetic activity and psychic awareness. Journal of Parapsychology, 78(2), 235–254.
Indexed document: Yes
Keywords: Local geomagnetic activity / Precognition / Temporal lobe experiences questionnaire (TLEQ) / Season