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PARRA, Alejandro. The aura experience as cognitive perceptual schizotypy in non-clinical population. Psico-USF (Impr.) [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.2, pp.277-286. ISSN 1413-8271.

Individuals who claim being able to spontaneously see the "aura" or energy field of a person, also tend to exhibit elevated levels of imaginative processing or fantasy proneness. There are some indications that those who have a high capacity for absorption usually also experience different parasomatic shapes, tactile hallucinations and sensations of subtle energies, as well as schizotypical ideation, perceptual error and increased synesthesia. The objective is to calculate the correlations of psychological absorption scores, dissociation, fantasy proneness, intensity of imagination and the schizotypical tendency of people who claim to see auras (N=83), in comparison to a group of people lacking these experiences (N=503). The results indicate a higher level of cognitive perceptual schizotypy than for those who do not have this experience. Possibly, these people have a much more intense imaginative life. This does not necessarily have any psychopathological implications for the individual; people who see auras might simply be sensitive to anomalous perceptual experiences.

Keywords : Aura; Fantasy prone; Absorption; Parasomatics; Imagery.

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