The Ganzfeld Experiment To Guarantee A Night Full Of Hallucinations!


Our brain is full of surprises and never disappoints. As scientific experiments keep arising, we give you the Ganzfeld Experiment which focuses on dreams, hallucinations and much more!

Is it possible for us to transfer information without our five senses?

Can you transfer your emotions or thoughts to another person out of the boundaries of laws of physics?

The Ganzfeld experiment is a good example for how our visual perception functions dependent on comparison.

If you see only one color and are devoid of any external signals going to your visual cortex, your brain starts to produce hallucinations since it cannot compare it to another color. In short, it is one of those experiments conducted to provide scientific proof for parapsychological phenomena.

The experiment is conducted as follows:

There are two rooms completely isolated from each other. A “receiver” is sitting in one and a “sender” is in the other.

A picture is shown to the sender. Then they are asked to concentrate on it and think about it aloud.

And the receiver is waiting in the other room isolated from their senses under a red light with a ping-pong ball cut in half over their eyes and with a pair of headphones on.

After half an hour, the receiver is shown 4 pictures and asked to choose the one that the sender was holding.

Although the probability to choose the correct one is 25% mathematically, subjects achieve a 35% success.

Here comes the criticisms: Scientists are not convinced that the experiment was being conducted under proper conditions.

In 1982, Charles Honorton, one of the most famous psychiatrists of the time, decides to replicate the experiment after receiving approval from the ones who criticise the methodology of the experiment. This time it turns out to be a 34% success, with only 1% decrease.

Charles goes one step further and claims that the percentage would rise significantly if the experiment was conducted with successful people or artists.

Indeed, the percentage rises to 43% when the experiment is conducted by successful people, and to 50% with artists.

Ganzfeld Experiment also attracts ordinary people for its hallucinatory effects.

In fact, you can try it at home! All you need is a ping-pong ball, a pair of headphones and a red light source.

First of all, cut the ping pong ball in half. Then play white or pink noise on the background (a radio tuned to static will do the job).

Cover your eyes with the ping pong ball you cut in half earlier and sit comfortably in a chair under the red light.

After sitting like that for a while, you will start hallucinating as a result of your concentration and fluctuating cognition.

The scientific explanation for this is that the signals coming into our brains are blocked because of the Ganzfeld effect.

While receiving the same signals uninterruptedly, our brain ignores the signals coming from the music on the background and the light coming through the ping pong balls after a while.

And when this signals are no longer available, your brains starts to produce signals that aren’t actually there. In short, sensory deprivation happens.

You wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this effect caused by sensory deprivation was not always used for the sake of humanity.

Rumor has it that the Irish Republican Army (IRA) used this technique to torture captive soldiers during wartime.

First, they cover them all over with styropor and then isolate them from any kind of stimuli, including sound and sight.

Later on, the guy starts to hallucinate since there is no stimuli around.

Survivors of near-death experiences also tell that they saw hallucinations

When you suffer from sleeplessness, you hallucinate, right? That’s what the Ganzfeld experiment is all about, in a nutshell.

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