PA 56th Convention LogoCarlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center (http://Rhine.org)

The 56th Annual Convention of the of the Parapsychological Association (http://www.parapsych.org/home.aspx) will be held in Viterbo, Italy (http://wikitravel.org/en/Viterbo), between August 8-11 2013. It will take place at the Ora Domus La Quercia (http://www.domuslaquercia.com/en/), described in the PA website as a “former convent of the Sanctuary of Saint Maria della Quercia on the Via Francigena, a major route leading to Rome from Canterbury which in the past was used by thousands of pilgrims on their way to Rome. Constructed between 1470 and 1525, the hotel still maintains its Renaissance elegance and is steeped in local history.”

Ora Domus La Quercia

Ora Domus La Quercia

The program has been in charge of Drs. Massimo Biondi and Patrizio Tressoldi, while the arrangements have been handled by Dr. Ulisse Di Corpo and Antonella Vannini. Registration, and other details are managed by Annalisa Ventola, the PA’s Executive Director.

Dr. Massimo Biondi

Dr. Massimo Biondi

Dr. Patrizio Tressoldi

Dr. Patrizio Tressoldi

This year’s Program Committee, in charge of the evaluation of submissions counted with the participation of Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado, Dr. Dick Bierman, Mr. Fabio Eduardo da Silva, Dr. Etzel Cardeña, Dr. John Palmer, Mr. Stephan Schwartz, Dr. Lance Storm, Dr. Stephen E. Braude, Dr. Jessica Utts, and Dr. Caroline Watt.

Dr. Alejandro Parra

Dr. Alejandro Parra

Special presentations include PA President’s Dr. Alejandro Parra’s address “Clinical Parapsychology and Its Contribution to Psi Research… Or How you Can Cope with Your Fear of Psi?” The J.B. Rhine Banquet address will be delivered by Dr. Simon Thorpe (http://www.cerco.ups-tlse.fr/Simon-THORPE), director of the Brain and Cognitive Research Center (CerCo) at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Toulouse, France. Dr. Thorpe’s address is entitled “Where Does Consciousness Come From?”

Dr. Simon Thorpe

Dr. Simon Thorpe

There will be sessions about alterations of consciousness and psi, the contributions of Italian parapsychology, experimental evidence, history of parapsychology, individual differences, methodological issues, and theoretical issues.

Some papers accepted for presentation are:

Dick Bierman & Thomas Rabeyron

Can psi research sponsor itself? Simulations and results of an automated ARV-casino experiment 

Dr. Dick Bierman

Dr. Dick Bierman

Giulio Caratelli & Maria Luisa Felici

Sándor Ferenczi: experiences and “adventures” in the paranormal

Etzel Cardeña

Exploring other realities: Altered states of consciousness, psi, and surrealism 

Jan Dalkvist

How to handle expectation bias in presentiment experiments: A Recommendation

Renaud Evrard

From symptom to difference: “Hearing voices” as a paradigm for clinical practice with exceptional experiences

Dr. Renaud Evrard

Dr. Renaud Evrard

Jacob Glazier

Analysis of everyday mind-matter interaction narratives using the descriptive phenomenological method

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi, Carlos S. Alvarado, Wellington Zangari, Fatima Regina Machado

Some contributions of Théodore Flournoy to psychical research and parapsychology

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi & Stanley Krippner

A biopsychosocial approach to creative dissociation: remarks on a case of mediumistic painting

Leonardo Breno Martins & Wellington Zangari

Spontaneous anomalous experiences

John Palmer

Extrasensory perception, dissociation, and motor automatisms

Adrian Parker

Are successful experimenters psychic?

Alejandro Parra & Juan Carlos Argibay

Psi and death of the person-target: An experiment with highly emotional iconic representations

Serena M. Roney-Dougal, Adrian Ryan & David Luke

Follow-up study of the relationship between local geomagnetic activity and psychic awareness

Dr. Serena Roney-Dougal

Dr. Serena Roney-Dougal

Mario P. Varvoglis, Peter Bancel, Djohar si Ahmed, Jean-Paul Bailly & Céline Béguian

The Sharefield: a novel approach for forced-choice GESP research

Jessica Utts is presenting a workshop about “Understanding and Applying Good Statistical Principles.” In addition, there are two interesting sessions about the history of parapsychology and the contribution of Italian workers in the field. The latter has the following presentations:

Alejandro Parra

Contribution of the Italian parapsychologists to international parapsychology

Massimo Biondi

Parapsychology in Italy: An overview

Giulio Caratelli

Three Italian parapsychological important personalities of Forties and Fifties of the past century

Giulio Caratelli

Giulio Caratelli

Ferdinando Bersani

The Bologna Center for Parapsychological Studies (CSP): Researches between 1970 and 1985

Dr. Ferdinando Bersani

Dr. Ferdinando Bersani

Patrizio Tressoldi

Theoretical and experimental contribution at the level of public and private institution

For information about registration, accomodations and transportation check here (http://www.parapsych.org/section/45/2013_convention.aspx).

Photos of Viterbo

Viterbo 1

Viterbo 2

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