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'Report of the Committee on Mediumistic Phenomena', by William James (1886): With an introduction by.
Hist Psychiatry. 2016 Mar; 27(1):85-100.HP

Abstract

Mediumship was a topic of great interest to some nineteenth-century students of mental phenomena. Together with the phenomena of hypnosis and other manifestations, mediumship was seen by many as a dissociative phenomenon. The purpose of this Classic Text is to present an excerpt of an article about the topic that William James (1842-1910) published in 1886 in the Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research about American medium Leonora E. Piper (1857-1950). The article, an indication of late nineteenth-century interactions between dissociation studies and psychical research, was the first report of research with Mrs Piper, a widely investigated medium of great importance for the development of mediumship studies. In addition to studying the case as a dissociative experience, James explored the possibility that Piper's mentation contained verifiable information suggestive of 'supernormal' knowledge. Consequently, James provides an example of a topic neglected in historical studies, the ideas of those who combined conventional dissociation studies with psychical research.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Parapsychology Foundation, USA carlos@theazire.org.

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Classical Article
Historical Article
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26951805

Citation

Alvarado, Carlos S.. "'Report of the Committee On Mediumistic Phenomena', By William James (1886): With an Introduction By." History of Psychiatry, vol. 27, no. 1, 2016, pp. 85-100.
Alvarado CS. 'Report of the Committee on Mediumistic Phenomena', by William James (1886): With an introduction by. Hist Psychiatry. 2016;27(1):85-100.
Alvarado, C. S. (2016). 'Report of the Committee on Mediumistic Phenomena', by William James (1886): With an introduction by. History of Psychiatry, 27(1), 85-100. https://doi.org/10.1177/0957154X15623221
Alvarado CS. 'Report of the Committee On Mediumistic Phenomena', By William James (1886): With an Introduction By. Hist Psychiatry. 2016;27(1):85-100. PubMed PMID: 26951805.
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