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Ganzfeld Simulation Empathy Experiment
Empathy is the psychical influence of emotion via experient influence over the emotional basis of consciousness and the mental and physiological processes associated with a wide variety of emotional experiences.
Sensory deprivation is defined as the deliberate reduction or removal of stimuli from one or more of the senses. Devices utilized for visual and auditory deprivation include blindfolds, noise-canceling headphones, headphones through which white or pink noise is played, white noise machines, fans, etc. Short-terms sessions of sensory deprivation are typically relaxing, psi-conducive, and conducive to meditation.
While the origin of psi information may be external, the processing of psi information is internal. Because of this, sensory deprivation is assumed psi conducive in that the mind attempts to generate hallucinations in-mind as a means to describe psi information (e.g. generate internal emotional experiences based on externally received emotional information).
Empathists can utilize sensory deprivation as a procedural method to lessen external stimuli, which allows the empathist better focus on incoming and outgoing emotional experiences. The Ganzfeld experimental setup is based on the Ganzfeld effect and sensory deprivation.
The Ganzfeld effect is a phenomenon of visual perception caused by an experient staring at an undifferentiated and uniform field of color such as black in a darkened room, red with the eyes closed in a bright room, or white in an outdoor area complexly blanketed with snow. The effect is described as the loss of vision as the experients brain cuts off the unchanging signal from the eyes.
The result, “seeing black,” of which the experient may think he or she has gone blind. This effect is canceled, and vision is returned, when the experient is removed from the darkened room, opens their eyes, or comes across an object of another color. This effect can result in hallucinations and altered states of mind, therefore this effect has be utilized in parapsychological experiments as it has been found for many years to be psi-conducive.
(Adapted from the book “Empathy: A Quantum Approach - The Psychical Influence of Emotion” by Theresa M. Kelly, MsD.)