Carlos 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
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.
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.
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?”
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
Giulio Caratelli & Maria Luisa Felici
Sándor Ferenczi: experiences and “adventures” in the paranormal
Exploring other realities: Altered states of consciousness, psi, and surrealism
How to handle expectation bias in presentiment experiments: A Recommendation
From symptom to difference: “Hearing voices” as a paradigm for clinical practice with exceptional experiences
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 & Stanley Krippner
A biopsychosocial approach to creative dissociation: remarks on a case of mediumistic painting
Leonardo Breno Martins & Wellington Zangari
Spontaneous anomalous experiences
Extrasensory perception, dissociation, and motor automatisms
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
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:
Contribution of the Italian parapsychologists to international parapsychology
Parapsychology in Italy: An overview
Three Italian parapsychological important personalities of Forties and Fifties of the past century
The Bologna Center for Parapsychological Studies (CSP): Researches between 1970 and 1985
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