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Persinger in December 2010

Michael A. Persinger (June 26, 1945 – August 14, 2018) was an American-born Canadian psychologist. He was a professor at Laurentian University, a position he had held from 1971 until his death in 2018. He was known for his geomagnetic studies on the temporal lobe.[1][2][3] He was born in Jacksonville, Florida.

Persinger died on August 14, 2018 in Greater Sudbury, Ontario at the age of 73.[4]


  1. Persinger, Michael A. (1987). Neuropsychological bases of God beliefs. New York: Prager Publishers. ISBN 0275926486 . 
  2. Persinger, Michael A. (Fall 2001). "The Neuropsychiatry of Paranormal Experiences". Neuropsychiatric Practice and Opinion 13:4: 515–524. 
  3. Persinger, Michael A. (1983). "Religious and Mystical Experiences as Artifacts of Temporal Lobe Function: A General Hypothesis". Perceptual and Motor Skills 57: 1255–1262. doi:10.2466/pms.1983.57.3f.1255 . 
  4. "Laurentian University's Michael Persinger, human brain researcher, dies". CBC. August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018. 

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