The Search For The Brain’s Telepathy Center

Via Science 2.0, a study reveals the section of the brain producing strange powers:

Experimenters from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences [joined with] the Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore, India to perform “Probably the first fMRI study to analyse the neuroanatomical correlates of telepathy.”

They asked Mr. Gerard Senehi, “well known for his mind reading and telepathy”, to try to reproduce an unseen sketch which had been drawn by the experimenter. An anonymous control subject was also tested. During their attempts, both individuals were continuously scanned in an fMRI machine.

“The image reproduced by the ‘mentalist’ showed striking similarity to the original drawn by the experimenter, whereas the drawing by the control subject did not. Furthermore, the fMRI scans showed measurable differences in brain activity of the two subjects — “This study’s findings are suggestive of an association between telepathy and the right parahippocampal gyrus.”

  • bobbiethejean

    Note that the original article is featured in the “humor” section. Also note that it was published in the “International Journal of Yoga” which is not a proper peer review science journal.

    Anyone can slap the label “science” on something to make it sound legit but that doesn’t mean it’s legit. Personally, I’d like to see those sketches and I’d love to see the study in action. Until then, it’s just more unsubstantiated claims to add to the pile.

    • Threedinium

      It is kind of annoying having to just read about these experiments, I would personally love to take part in something like that. Wish I had a brain scanning machine -_-

    • Ceausescu

      Must….resist….the pile.

      • bobbiethejean

        😛 I want to believe. I really do. But I just can’t. I hope someday, someone proves it or at least I get to see it in some way. I’d be scared shitless but intrigued, to say the last.

  • aera 15

    Thats basically the same way remote viewing is practiced. Odd they didn’t mention that.

  • Threedinium

    Fascinating, I had a bit of a read about the parahippocampal gyrus. I think what hit me most was it’s believed functioning in memory and also, olfactory (which reminded me of this article: – I dont currently believe psychopaths capable of telepathy). I wonder about the role memory and smell might play in telepathy, as I was I was reading I was seized with a vague notion about the relationship between memory, syncronicity and ‘distant intentionality’…. wish I could pull it out… >.<.

    edit: also if this article is to be taken seriously, why is this the first fMRI scan of people who claim telepathy? Having a look to see if there's any others.

  • Kevin Leonard

    Sorry… redundant post. I missed the link to the study in the science 2.0 story