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File042 - Conscious induction of theta EEG patterns by a healing procedure2011-112013-03

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-2010
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 23
Title:
2010 Grants
Start date: 2011-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-042
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 2/2010
Title:
042 - Conscious induction of theta EEG patterns by a healing procedure
Duration: 2011-11 - 2013-03
Researcher(s):
Stefan Schmidt, Thilo Hinterberger
Institution(s): Center for Mindfulness, Meditation and Neuroscience Research, Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, University Medical Center Freiburg (Germany)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
1 Article (related to previous grant 12/06)
Language: eng
Author:
Schmidt, S.
Secondary author(s):
Hinterberger, T.
Keywords:
Parapsychology and Psychophysiology / Healing / Distant healing / Altered states of consciousness

DocumentFinal report - Conscious induction of theta EEG patterns by a healing procedure2013

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-2010
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 23
Title:
2010 Grants
Start date: 2011-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-042
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 2/2010
Title:
042 - Conscious induction of theta EEG patterns by a healing procedure
Duration: 2011-11 - 2013-03
Researcher(s):
Stefan Schmidt, Thilo Hinterberger
Institution(s): Center for Mindfulness, Meditation and Neuroscience Research, Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, University Medical Center Freiburg (Germany)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
1 Article (related to previous grant 12/06)
Language: eng
Author:
Schmidt, S.
Secondary author(s):
Hinterberger, T.
Keywords:
Parapsychology and Psychophysiology / Healing / Distant healing / Altered states of consciousness

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-042.01
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 2/2010
Title:
Final report - Conscious induction of theta EEG patterns by a healing procedure
Publication year: 2013
URL:
http://www.bial.com/imagem/Bolsa42-10_03012014.pdf
Abstract/Results: RESULTS:
A new healing procedure termed ThetaHealing is making extraordinary claims regarding healing effects and healing mechanism but so far no scientific evaluation has been conducted. One of the basic claims of ThetaHealing is that the experienced theta healer enters via a special meditation in a so called ‘theta state’ which is then also induced in the patient by the healer. It is proposed that this state is correlated with strong theta rhythmic activity patterns (4-7Hz) in the respective EEG of healer and patient. We assessed this claim in a dual EEG experiment by recording simultaneously EEG from 10 Theta Healers and 10 patients. Hypotheses were (i) healers taught in this method will elicit theta rhythmic activity in their EEG. (ii) There will be an increase of theta rhythm brain activity in the patient once the ThetaHealer tried to connect. (iii) There will be significant more correlational patterns between the healer’s and the patient’s EEG once both are in the so called theta state compared to a control condition.
We found no changes in theta activity for different healing phases and comparisons in the clients. We furthermore found either no changes or even significant decreases of theta-activity in the healers. Over the course of the whole session theta-activity decreased significantly in healers. With respect to correlation patterns between healers and clients we found either none or only moderate correlations.
Overall it is concluded that none of the claims could be supported by our study. Our study had good internal validity and moderate to good external validity. Thus, we consider our results as valid. Our study has not assessed any claims to heal clients and no conclusion can be made with regard to this claim.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Schmidt, S.
Secondary author(s):
Hinterberger, T., Haugwitz, A. von, Orellana, C., Jo, H. -G., Koller, C. , Trautwein, F. -M., Simshäuser, K.
Document type:
Final report
Indexed document:
No
Keywords: Parapsychology / Psychophysiology / Theta healing / Healers / Patients / Theta rhythm / Electroencephalogram (EEG) / Complementary and alternative medicine

Final report - Conscious induction of theta EEG patterns by a healing procedure

Final report - Conscious induction of theta EEG patterns by a healing procedure

DocumentDoes a healing procedure referring to theta rhythms also generate theta rhythms in the brain? 2016

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-2010
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 23
Title:
2010 Grants
Start date: 2011-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-042
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 2/2010
Title:
042 - Conscious induction of theta EEG patterns by a healing procedure
Duration: 2011-11 - 2013-03
Researcher(s):
Stefan Schmidt, Thilo Hinterberger
Institution(s): Center for Mindfulness, Meditation and Neuroscience Research, Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, University Medical Center Freiburg (Germany)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
1 Article (related to previous grant 12/06)
Language: eng
Author:
Schmidt, S.
Secondary author(s):
Hinterberger, T.
Keywords:
Parapsychology and Psychophysiology / Healing / Distant healing / Altered states of consciousness

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-042.02
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 2/2010
Title:
Does a healing procedure referring to theta rhythms also generate theta rhythms in the brain?
Publication year: 2016
URL:
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/acm.2014.0394
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Background/Objectives:
ThetaHealing® (Vianna Stibal, Kalispell, MT) is a spiritual healing method in which the practitioner and client engage in joint meditations during several healing sessions. It is claimed that these meditation periods are characterized by a “theta state” in which the presence of theta-waves in the electroencephalograph (EEG) frequency spectrum of both the healer and the client is supposed. This study sought to test this hypothesis as well as the presence of synchronicities in the two EEGs.
Methods:
Measurements were obtained with a dual EEG system with 2?×?32 channels, allowing for simultaneous EEG measurements of healer and client. Ten healers and 10 clients performed 10 ThetaHealing sessions while the EEG was measured.
Results:
Theta frequency band did not increase in healers or in clients. Rather, the contrary was found, with a significant decrease in theta-2 band during healing in healers. Small correlations were seen between the Fourier amplitudes of healer and client in the theta-2 band, as well as small phase synchronicities in theta frequencies.
Conclusion:
The hypothesis that ThetaHealing is associated with an enhanced generation of theta frequencies in the brain could not be confirmed. This finding makes no claim about whether ThetaHealing is beneficial from a clinical perspective.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Hinterberger, T.
Secondary author(s):
von Haugwitz, A., Schmidt, S.
Document type:
Article
Reference:
Hinterberger, T., von Haugwitz, A., & Schmidt, S. (2016). Does a healing procedure referring to theta rhythms also generate theta rhythms in the brain? Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22(1), 66-74. doi: 10.1089/acm.2014.0394
2-year Impact Factor: 1.622|2016
Times cited: 1|2020-03-13
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q2
Keywords: Healing / Meditation