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File272 - Exploring the interactions between paranormal belief and disbelief and subjective experiences with the Shakti helmet2013-092016-12

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-2012
Location: SEC PCA
Title:
2012 Grants
Start date: 2013-02

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-272
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 17 e 18/2012
Title:
272 - Exploring the interactions between paranormal belief and disbelief and subjective experiences with the Shakti helmet
Duration: 2013-09 - 2016-12
Researcher(s):
Christine Simmonds-Moore, Don Rice, Ron Hopkins, Richard LaFleur, Chase O’Gwin
Institution(s): Psychology Department, University of West Georgia, Carrollton (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Simmonds-Moore, C.
Secondary author(s):
Rice, D., Hopkins, R., LaFleur, R.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Paranormal belief / Anomalous cognition/experiences

DocumentFinal report - Exploring the interactions between paranormal belief and disbelief and subjective experiences with the Shakti helmet2016

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-2012
Location: SEC PCA
Title:
2012 Grants
Start date: 2013-02

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-272
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 17 e 18/2012
Title:
272 - Exploring the interactions between paranormal belief and disbelief and subjective experiences with the Shakti helmet
Duration: 2013-09 - 2016-12
Researcher(s):
Christine Simmonds-Moore, Don Rice, Ron Hopkins, Richard LaFleur, Chase O’Gwin
Institution(s): Psychology Department, University of West Georgia, Carrollton (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Simmonds-Moore, C.
Secondary author(s):
Rice, D., Hopkins, R., LaFleur, R.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Paranormal belief / Anomalous cognition/experiences

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-272.01
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 17 e 18/2012
Title:
Final report - Exploring the interactions between paranormal belief and disbelief and subjective experiences with the Shakti helmet
Publication year: 2016
URL:
https://www.bial.com/imagem/Bolsa%2027212.pdf
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
BACKGROUND
The stimulation of the temporal areas of the brain with mild electromagnetic pulsing has been associated with experiences of a sensed presence.
AIMS
This study explored the roles of paranormal belief, time of day and wearing a sham God Helmet on state of consciousness and the frequency of reported anomalous experiences. The contributing roles of synesthesia, hyperaesthesia and locus of control (LOC) were also explored.
METHOD
Thirty-two skeptics and 35 believers took part in an orientation session and three study sessions: a morning baseline (no helmet/baseline) session, a morning sham helmet session and an afternoon sham helmet session. Participants relaxed in a Faraday chamber for 30 minutes with the instruction to observe and verbalize their experiences. Exit interviews explored subjective experiences. Participants completed the Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory (PCI). An inductive thematic analysis identified a coding scheme for types of anomalous experiences.
RESULTS
Believers scored higher than disbelievers on Altered Experiences (AE), Positive Affect (PA) and Imagery (IM), but there were no differences in scoring on any of PCI dimensions between the three study conditions. Transcripts were blind coded for the occurrence of 15 types of anomalous experience. A series of chi square analyses identified more anomalous experiences for believers than skeptics. There were also more visual presence, flashes of color and auditory hallucinations in the helmet sessions compared to the baseline. Belief, anomalous experiences, hyperaesthesia and synesthesia correlated with some PCI variables and anomalous experiences.
CONCLUSIONS
Individual differences play a strong role in the aetiology of anomalous experiences when people wear a sham God helmet.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Simmonds-Moore, C.
Secondary author(s):
Rice, D.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
2
Indexed document:
No
Keywords: Paranormal belief / Exceptional experiences / Synesthesia / Placebo

DocumentExceptional experiences following exposure to a sham “God helmet”: Evidence for placebo, individual difference and time of day influences2017

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-2012
Location: SEC PCA
Title:
2012 Grants
Start date: 2013-02

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-272
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 17 e 18/2012
Title:
272 - Exploring the interactions between paranormal belief and disbelief and subjective experiences with the Shakti helmet
Duration: 2013-09 - 2016-12
Researcher(s):
Christine Simmonds-Moore, Don Rice, Ron Hopkins, Richard LaFleur, Chase O’Gwin
Institution(s): Psychology Department, University of West Georgia, Carrollton (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Simmonds-Moore, C.
Secondary author(s):
Rice, D., Hopkins, R., LaFleur, R.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Paranormal belief / Anomalous cognition/experiences

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-272.02
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 17 e 18/2012
Title:
Exceptional experiences following exposure to a sham “God helmet”: Evidence for placebo, individual difference and time of day influences
Publication year: 2017
URL:
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0276236617749185#articleCitationDownloadContainer
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
It has been claimed that applying weak complex electromagnetic patterns to the temporal lobes in a “God Helmet” stimulates the intrusion of right-hemispheric processes to awareness, resulting in exceptional experiences (ExEs). We explored the roles of wearing a sham helmet, time of day, and individual differences (paranormal belief, synesthesia, locus of control, hyperesthesia, and prior anomalous experiences) in alterations in consciousness and ExEs in the absence of neural stimulation. Thirty-two skeptics and 35 paranormal believers completed baseline, sham (morning), and sham (afternoon) conditions. Participants relaxed in a Faraday chamber for 30?minutes. Exit interviews explored subjective experiences and participants completed the Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory (PCI). A mixed-model analysis of covariance found that believers scored higher than skeptics on some PCI dimensions, there was no influence of study conditions on PCI scores, and there was no interaction between belief and study conditions. An inductive thematic analysis identified a coding scheme for ExE. Believers reported more ExEs than skeptics. Regression models supported roles for hyperesthesia in alterations in consciousness and synesthesia in ExEs.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Simmonds-Moore, C.
Secondary author(s):
Rice, D., O'Gwin, C., Hopkins, R.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Simmonds-Moore, C., Rice, D., O'Gwin, C., & Hopkins, R. (2017). Exceptional experiences following exposure to a sham “God helmet”: Evidence for placebo, individual difference and time of day influences. Journal Imagination, Cognition, and Personality. doi: 10.1177/0276236617749185
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Placebo / Paranormal belief / Exceptional experiences / Hyperaesthesia / Synesthesia

DocumentExploring exceptional experiences associated with the use of a Sham "God" helmet2016

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-2012
Location: SEC PCA
Title:
2012 Grants
Start date: 2013-02

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-272
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 17 e 18/2012
Title:
272 - Exploring the interactions between paranormal belief and disbelief and subjective experiences with the Shakti helmet
Duration: 2013-09 - 2016-12
Researcher(s):
Christine Simmonds-Moore, Don Rice, Ron Hopkins, Richard LaFleur, Chase O’Gwin
Institution(s): Psychology Department, University of West Georgia, Carrollton (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Simmonds-Moore, C.
Secondary author(s):
Rice, D., Hopkins, R., LaFleur, R.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Paranormal belief / Anomalous cognition/experiences

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-272.03
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 17 e 18/2012
Title:
Exploring exceptional experiences associated with the use of a Sham "God" helmet
Publication year: 2016
URL:
https://www.kc-jones.co.uk/transpersonal2016
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
In this presentation, we will discuss a recent research project which explored subjective experiences people report when they believe they are wearing a “God helmet”. Existing research has claimed that mild electromagnetic stimulation of the temporo-parietal areas of the brain is implicated in sense of presence (SOP) and other exceptional experiences under laboratory conditions, however, these findings have been subject to debate. The current study sought to explore the contributing roles of psychological factors in the aetiology of exceptional experiences under similar laboratory conditions. The investigation explored the contributing roles of wearing a “sham” helmet, paranormal belief, prior anomalous experiences, hyperaesthesia, synesthesia, locus of control and time of day on exceptional experiences reported and the state of consciousness experienced. Thirty-two extreme skeptics and 34 extreme believers (2 standard deviations below and above the mean, respectively) and one moderate believer were identified via their completion of a preliminary survey. A total of thirty males and 38 females participated. Each participant took part in three experimental conditions, a baseline, a morning session (with sham helmet) and a late afternoon session (with sham helmet). Participants were asked to relax in a shielded chamber and observe their thoughts, feelings, experiences and imagery and to verbalize their experiences if they felt comfortable doing so. They were each interviewed following a 30 minute session. Exceptional experiences were explored via the assessment of state of consciousness using the Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory (after each session) and an inductive thematic analysis of transcribed interviews. Quantitative analysis explored differences between PCI identified states of consciousness within study conditions and between believers and disbelievers. Correlations were calculated between individual difference measures and PCI variables. Sessions were blind coded for the types of exceptional experiences which emerged and chi square was used to compare frequencies of experience types across sessions and between believers and disbelievers. Participants reported a range of exceptional experiences including: body based tingling and electrical phenomena, vestibular phenomena (including spinning), alterations in body size, visual external phenomena (including experiences of circular phenomena, and movement in lived space), visual sense of presence experiences, felt or spatial sense of presence experiences, luminous phenomena, flashes or blobs of colour, auditory hallucinations, hypersensitivity, out of body feelings, and alterations in the sense of lived space. It is noteworthy that these occurred without any neural stimulation. Exceptional experiences appear to be influenced by individual difference factors more strongly than situational factors, but time of day and wearing a sham helmet contributed to the experiences that people reported. Some experiences were very meaningful, and included experiences of the deceased. Synaesthesia seems to be particularly interesting in sense of presence experiences, and may be associated with the perception of weak, body-based experiences which are represented differently (externally) in this
particular context. The study indicates the powerful influence of psychological and contextual factors in influencing exceptional experiences. It also suggests that neurological explanations are limited.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Simmonds-Moore, C.
Secondary author(s):
Rice, D., O'Gwin, C.
Document type:
Conference abstract
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Simmonds-Moore, C.A, Rice, D. & O’Gwin, C. (2016). Exploring exceptional experiences associated with the use of a Sham "God" helmet. In Programme and Book of Abstracts of the 20th Transpersonal Psychology Section Annual Conference: Spirituality, Psychology & Wellbeing: Transpersonal Psychology in Practice. Northamptonshire: The British Psychological Society.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Paranormal belief / Exceptional experiences

Exploring exceptional experiences associated with the use of a Sham "God" helmet

Exploring exceptional experiences associated with the use of a Sham "God" helmet

DocumentA survey exploring synesthetic experiences: Exceptional experiences, schizotypy, and psychological well-being2019

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-2012
Location: SEC PCA
Title:
2012 Grants
Start date: 2013-02

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-272
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 17 e 18/2012
Title:
272 - Exploring the interactions between paranormal belief and disbelief and subjective experiences with the Shakti helmet
Duration: 2013-09 - 2016-12
Researcher(s):
Christine Simmonds-Moore, Don Rice, Ron Hopkins, Richard LaFleur, Chase O’Gwin
Institution(s): Psychology Department, University of West Georgia, Carrollton (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Simmonds-Moore, C.
Secondary author(s):
Rice, D., Hopkins, R., LaFleur, R.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Paranormal belief / Anomalous cognition/experiences

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-272.04
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 17 e 18/2012
Title:
A survey exploring synesthetic experiences: Exceptional experiences, schizotypy, and psychological well-being
Publication year: 2019
URL:
https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-45822-001
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT
We used an online survey to investigate the relations among synesthesia, schizotypy, exceptional experiences (ExEs), and well-being. Participants (N = 1,628 [listwise N = 767]; male = 619, female = 1,064) completed a Synesthesia Experience Questionnaire (SEQ), a general question about synesthetic experiences (Hartmann, 1991), the Anomalous Experience Subscale (AES) of the Anomalous Experience Inventory (Gallagher, Kumar, & Pekala, 1994), questions about parapsychological experiences, a multidimensional measure of schizotypy (Oxford-Liverpool Inventory for Feelings and Experiences Short [O-LIFE Short]; Mason, Linney, & Claridge, 2005), and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS; Diener, Emmons, Larsen, & Griffin, 1985). Cronbach’s alphas for these measures ranged from .63 to .90 in our data set. Approximately half (54.4%) of the sample reported 1 or more synesthetic experiences, although the rate was much lower for synesthesias experienced on a consistent basis (3.1%). The SEQ was highly internally reliable and correlated positively with the AES, number of parapsychological experiences, and unusual experiences, and negatively with introvertive anhedonia. The SEQ was not directly related to the SWLS. Unusual experiences and synesthesia were the strongest predictors of the AES and parapsychological experiences in multiple regression models. A cluster analysis of schizotypy found 4 clusters of schizotypy, including 1 cluster reflecting healthy schizotypy, 1 reflecting high schizotypy, 1 reflecting low schizotypy, and 1 reflecting negative schizotypy. We compared clusters in terms of the SWLS, ExEs, and the SEQ and found significant differences for all variables and higher scores for healthy compared with high schizotypy on all variables. We discuss the complex relations among synesthesia, schizotypy, and well-being.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Simmonds-Moore, C. A.
Secondary author(s):
Alvarado, C. S., Zingrone, N. L.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Simmonds-Moore, C. A., Alvarado, C. S., & Zingrone, N. L. (2019). A survey exploring synesthetic experiences: Exceptional experiences, schizotypy, and psychological well-being. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 6(1), 99-121. doi: 10.1037/cns0000165
Indexed document: Yes
Keywords: Synesthesia / Schizotypy / Exceptional experiences / Well-being

DocumentMy brain is cool: A thematic analysis of exceptional experiences among sceptics2019

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-2012
Location: SEC PCA
Title:
2012 Grants
Start date: 2013-02

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-272
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 17 e 18/2012
Title:
272 - Exploring the interactions between paranormal belief and disbelief and subjective experiences with the Shakti helmet
Duration: 2013-09 - 2016-12
Researcher(s):
Christine Simmonds-Moore, Don Rice, Ron Hopkins, Richard LaFleur, Chase O’Gwin
Institution(s): Psychology Department, University of West Georgia, Carrollton (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Simmonds-Moore, C.
Secondary author(s):
Rice, D., Hopkins, R., LaFleur, R.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Paranormal belief / Anomalous cognition/experiences

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-272.05
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 17 e 18/2012
Title:
My brain is cool: A thematic analysis of exceptional experiences among sceptics
Publication year: 2019
URL:
https://web.a.ebscohost.com/abstract?direct=true&profile=ehost&scope=site&authtype=crawler&jrnl=00379751&AN=139109615&h=9te%2bhlLpQtp3Jxm1G7%2biCaDl2Fxl7VWvq2LDajUaXvuhAkBtMQg72g8CyfD60%2fu8m6YIjuZovHch9AUDrWd2nQ%3d%3d&crl=f&resultNs=AdminWebAuth&resultLocal=ErrCrlNotAuth&crlhashurl=login.aspx%3fdirect%3dtrue%26profile%3dehost%26scope%3dsite%26authtype%3dcrawler%26jrnl%3d00379751%26AN%3d139109615
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Disbelief in paranormal phenomena has been relatively under-researched in the literature. Thirty-three strong disbelievers participated in a laboratory study designed to encourage exceptional experiences (ExE). Participants relaxed under sensory deprivation conditions on three occasions. On two out of three occasions, they wore a sham head device, which has been previously associated with ExE. Twenty-four participants reported ExE. Verbal descriptions of ExE were analyzed using Thematic Analysis (TA). Four themes were identified: intensified thoughts and perception-like imagery, actorobserver separation, attributions of normality, and autonomy versus control. This study complements and extends the existing literature on the psychology of paranormal disbelief and skepticism.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Simmonds-Moore, C.
Secondary author(s):
Rice, D., O'gwin, C.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Simmonds-Moore, C., Rice, D., & O'gwin, C. (2019). My brain is cool: A thematic analysis of exceptional experiences among sceptics. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 84(4), 193-211.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Exceptional experiences / Paranormal belief / Thematic Analysis / Placebo