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Cognitive Psychology Question

by Marc Freccero
(East Longmeadow, MA, United States)

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This may take a little explaining - but obviously your mind is a powerful tool. I was wondering if it is possible to make myself see things that arn't there at will.

For example, if I was waiting in the doctor's office for an appointment, I could be snowboarding in a complete 5 sensory experience created by my mind and then jump back to reality. In a way I would almost have controlled schizophrenia. Is this possible? If so, how would you do it? I feel like it really is possible because its all in your mind so you mentally could force you mind to create it because remember - you don't see whats here, you see what your mind TELLS you is here. Btw im not talking about day dreaming - I'm talking about a complete 5 sensory experience that feels exactly as if I was doing it in real life.

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Sensory hallucinations
by: Anonymous

I have thought about the same thing, and I agree that it is possible. However, I must disagree with you on the idea that it is not daydreaming - it is, just on a much higher level.

I think this level of hallucination in all senses could be achieved in a two different ways:

Firstly, have you looked into sensory deprivation? Apparently prolonged sensory deprivation can actually be a bad idea, for this very reason--the mind begins to create sensory hallucinations so powerful that, should the person remain in the tank, they could potentially lose their mind entirely.

Secondly, I believe you could achieve this artificially through studious and controlled training of the mind; perhaps culturing imagination games, ignoring external stimulus, etc. It could potentially be compared to meditation of sorts, in the way that you are so removed from your real surroundings that you feel somewhere else.

Make sense? Good luck.

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