In the paper written by Doctor Eva Lobach from University of Amsterdam and presented at parapsychology conference in October 2008 (see ref. 4) following definition
is given to presentiment:
Presentiment, also called prestimulus response, involves changes in physiological processes that are related to future stimuli.
Pesentiment is also known as:
- "anomalous prestimulus response".
- Presentiment is an unconscious sensing of an event in the future.
- Presentiment may influence decision making.
- Presentiment can be measured as physiological changes (heartrate, EEG, skin conductance level, etc.).
Doctor Eva Lobach (quoting from her website, see ref. 2) engages in a formal research regarding intuition:
"... Intuition. I am completing a PhD project about Intuition (with Dick Bierman).
Intuition can be defined as "affectively charged judgments that arise through rapid, non-conscious, and holistic associations." (Dane & Pratt, 2007).
Although intuition involves non-conscious processes, the outcomes of these intuitive processes can somehow be evaluated.
I try to find answers to questions like:
- to what extent are physiological changes (heartrate, EEG, etc.) indicative of intuitive processes?
- Is intuition helpful in decision making?
- Can we improve intuition,
- and if so, how can we improve it?
- In what types of situations is intuition more likely to happen or be used?
- In what way is the use of implicit knowledge the same as or different from intuition?
Presentation paper by Doctor Eva Lobach (see ref. 1) outlines a research programe' (past, current and future) and already contains some intriguing results to quote few points from the paper (what the author also calls Presentiment Hypothesis) :
"Psi-effect will be stronger with threatening stimuli"
"Presentiment-effect is due to unconscious psi-augmented decisions of the experimenter."
"Presentiment-effect will be stronger if consciousness is more coherent"
"Life is a consequence of advanced waves; all living systems reflect retrocausality"
"Presentiment-effect increases when participants’ minds can act like REGs, i.e., remain undetermined." (REG= Random Event Generator)
Paper lays nice foundation to the cut edge research to this fascinating subject, ideas quoted such as " Syntropy (Fantappiè, Vannini): Life is a consequence of advanced
waves; all living systems reflect retrocausality" warrant further investigation in the context of retro-causality.
1. Presentiment Research: Past, Present, and Future by Drs. Eva Lobach University of Amsterdam (note: you need Microsoft Powerpoint software or compatible reader to open this document)
2. Drs. Eva Lobach University of Amsterdam website:
3. The Parapsychology Foundation Lyceum
4. PARAPSYCHOLOGY FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES (Utrecht II: Charting the Future of Parapsychology October 15th through October 18th, 2008) Abstracts of Presentations