Neurobiology and Anomalous Experiences?

Is there something in our brains that make us more or less likely to report anomalous experiences? A paper written by Michael Jawer has noted that people who have anomalous experiences can be characterized by several biological characteristics. His theory is that anomalous perception may directly relate to biological components in the brain!

Jawer notes that research has been demonstrating that some people have extreme degrees of sensations or sensitivity to stimulus (AKA the environment they live in). He notes that these sensitives are much more aware of details in the environment, become overwhelmed by large amounts of input and appear to be more sensitive to medication, have more allergies and stronger immune systems. Most notably, these folks are very empathetic. The KEY point is that these individuals, along with those labeled transliminal, report many paranormal experiences.

So what biological traits are associated with this tendency? According to Jawer, the following traits are associated with this sensitivity:

a. Being Female

b. Being first born or an only child

c. Being single

d. Being ambidextrous

e. Appraising oneself as an imaginative thinker

f. Appraising oneself as introverted

g. Recalling traumatic events in childhood

h. Asserting that one’s presence causes televisions, lights, and computers to malfunction.

 

Does this describe you? If so, how many paranormal experiences have you had?

 

Submitted by: Brian Laythe

Reference: Jawer, M. (2005). Environmental sensitivity: A neurobiological phenomenon? Seminars in Integrative Medicine,3, 104-109.

 

One Reply to “Neurobiology and Anomalous Experiences?”

  1. Additionally, despite the many precautions taken by the experimenters, a subtle bias was still found in one participant’s data, indicating that the design could potentially be flawed. Finally, none of the studies addressed the issue of the confined and noisy environment inside the scanner tube that tends to make participants uncomfortable.

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