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Michael A Persinger

Michael A Persinger, Ph.D
Department of Biology
Laurentian University, Canada


a) Degree granted/Discipline/Year/Institution/Name B.A. 1967, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A. M.A. 1969, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A. Ph.D. 1971, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada b) Ph.D. Thesis Title Pre- and neonatal exposure to cobalt 60 or 0.5 Hz electromagnetic fields and delayed conditioned approach behavior. 2 3.1 Laboratory Research Background 1981-Present - Quantum representations of biological systems - Discovering common connections between cosmological quantities, geophysical variable and biological systems. - Quantitative electroencephalographic measurements and models of consciousness - Biophysics of the histomorphological, behavioral, and (brain) molecular consequences of a single impact (200 g dropped from 0.9 m) of mechanical energy to the skull: simulation of "mild" brain injury in humans - Bioelectromagnetism: Mechanisms and processes - Identification of brain damage patterns (in the rat) induced by a single subcutaneous injection of lithium and pilocarpine and postictal pharmacological treatments - Evaluation of behavioral and immunological deficits associated with insidious, limbic seizureinduced brain damage - Verification of Tectonic Strain Hypothesis within several tectonostratigraphic regions - Factor analyses and construct validity of a temporal lobe lability factor in the human population (applications to creativity and inferential processing during crises) - Verification and determination of the contribution of geomagnetic activity and experimentallyinduced pulsed magnetic fields to brain function and anomalous experiences - Memory modifications by altered states - Neuropsychological correlates of religious and delusional thinking - Comparisons of qualitative (neurological) and quantitative (neuropsychological) techniques for assessing diffuse/microstructural brain damage - Integrating the Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities by common operations. - Understanding the nature of space-time and its multiple quantitative parameters. 1977-1980 - Specification of conditioned taste aversion mechanisms - Experimental manipulation of brain mast cell numbers and their degranulation profiles (re: multiple sclerosis) - Quantitative models for luminosity (UFO report) predictions (adjunct forecasting of earthquakes) - Haematological, histological, and physiological consequences of sudden reinforcement schedules: application to lifestyle alterations - Effects of magnetic field application upon memory processes 1973-1976 - Taurine effects on behaviour, physiology, and brain chemistry - Development of histological techniques for analyses of brain, hypophysis, thyroid, spleen, and thymus - Identification and quantification of mast cells in the rat brain - Matrix and profile analyses of behavioral, physiological, histological, and biochemical correlates - Multiple regression analyses of space-time coordinates of luminosity reports 1966-1972 - Study of rat cardiovascular and haematological function during magnetic field exposure - Statistical analyses of human disease conditions and their correlates with meteorological conditions - Behavioral and biological consequences of prenatal exposure to X-rays and gamma-rays - Pursuit of the thyroidal mechanism as the source of rotating magnetic field-induced changes in the rodent - Anomalous geophysical and human transients in Southeast Asia - Amino acid production in abiogenic environments simulating the pre-Cambrian condition 3 3.2 Clinical Research and Practice 1967-1969 (University of Tennessee) - Clinical and Training as a graduate student at Eastern State Psychiatric Hospital. Courses in Neuropsychology, Clinical and Counselling and Personality 1970-1971 (University of Manitoba) - Graduate courses and experience with behavioural modification and clinical neuropsychology (Halstead tradition). 1995-Present - Transcerebral (weak magnetic field) stimulation for treatment of depression and pain following mild to moderate brain injury - Development of integrated, accurate neuropsychological, cognitive and personality assessments: test-retest and construct validity - Geomagnetic activity, complex partial epileptic-like experiences and PSI phenomena - Hypnotic susceptibility, memory modifications by therapies and the simulation of these therapies by weak, complex transcerebral magnetic fields 1985-1994 - Discriminative analyses of cerebral functional differences in populations of normal, brain-injured and epileptic children and adults - Development of psychometric instruments to discern the focus of electrical lability within the brain as determined by phenomenological content - Determination of the interaction between personality factors and mild temporal lobe symptoms 1972-1988 (intermittent) - Thanatology (death confrontation: behavioral patterns of volunteers with terminal or highly probable terminal conditions) - Reinforcement histories and daily rituals of young adults prone to sudden religious and occult conversions Clinical (Private) Practice (Registered Psychologist): Certificate Number: 1952 1986-Present - Canadian Register of Health Providers Number: 05079 - Clinical Neuropsychology & Psychology. Special emphasis & expertise for: epilepsy, learning problems, & closed head injuries. Assessment involves an integrated measurement of classic & novel neuropsychological procedures, personality profiles, cognitive level & electrocortical patterns. Family psychometric measures are often integrated - Assessed more than 1,000 patients (adult and children over 5 years of age) who have sustained mild to moderate closed head injuries. - Developed novel or specialized neuropsychological tests and indicators, particularly to infer function within the medial surfaces of the cerebral hemispheres - Developed the use of "gradient analyses" and z-score comparisons for discerning relative strengths and weakness and differentiating electrical transients from regions of hypofunction - Intervention: Anomalous/Extreme paranormal crises - Counselling Survivors of Head Injuries and Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, i.e., partial complex epilepsy (Post-traumatic Stress Disorders) - Replacing psychometric test interpretations with sLORETA (Low resolution electromagnetic tomography) and employing real-time LORETA profiles during counselling and therapeutic interventions. - Developing novel electromagnetic cerebral applications for treatment of cancer and the pain associated with closed head injury and malignancies. 4 4. TEACHING EXPERIENCE a) University Teaching Experience 1971-75 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Laurentian University (Full-time) 1975-80 Associate Professor of Psychology, Laurentian University (Full-time) 1980- Full Professor of Psychology, Laurentian University (Full-time) 1983- Coordinator, Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Laurentian University (Full-time) b) Research Experience: 40 years; Laurentian University; Full-time 5. LEAVES a) Study Leave: N/A b) Sabbatical Leaves: 1978-79/1986 (half) 6. ADMINISTRATIVE CONTRIBUTION TO LAURENTIAN 1975-2000: Chairman and Member of University Animal Care Committee (ACC) 2000-2004: Member of the University Animal Care Committee 1971-present: Member of either Personnel, Ethics, or Academic Affairs Committees for the Department of Psychology 1975-78: Chairman of Departmental Budget Committee 1988-2001: Centre in Mining and Mineral Exploration Research (CIMMER) 1983-present: Coordinator of Behavioral Neuroscience Program 2006-present Contributor to Council of Department of Biology 2006-present Admissions Review Committee, Biomolecular Science (BMS) Program 2007-present Senator, Laurentian University Senate 2010-present Member, Candidate Exam Committee, BMS 2010-present Member, Senate Executive 2009-persent Member of Science and Engineering Executive Council 2010-present Member of university?s Research Ethics Board (REB) 2012-present Senate Representative to the Board of Governors 2012-2015 Senate Representative to Exec Board of Governors 2015-present LUFA representative to Teaching and Learning Committee 2013-present Representative to Laboratory Health and Safety 2013-present Executive Council, Ph.D. Human Studies Program 2014-present LUFA Representative to Parking and Security

Research Interest

Cancer Science, Psychology, Neuroscience/Methodology/Interdisciplinary