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IONS Welcomes Visiting Scholar Michael Bloch

by Cassandra Vieten

Michael Bloch Michael Bloch is a new scholar in residence here at IONS. Michael received his PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the University of Southern California. Since 1993 he has been a professor in the department of psychology at the University of San Francisco, studying differences between and integration of the right and left hemispheres of the brain using a variety of tasks. He began a year-long sabbatical here at IONS in January. "What inspired me to come to IONS for my sabbatical was their dedication to using strict scientific methodologies to investigate and extend the boundaries of science and human capacities," says Michael. "There is no other place like IONS, and I am honored to be able to work with these truly visionary scientists."

While at IONS, Michael is working on a number of projects investigating the effects of olfactory stimulation (in other words, stimulating the sense of smell with different aromas) on mind-matter interactions such as the double slit experiment, as well as studying hemispheric and olfactory involvement in presentiment tasks. He plans on continuing to work with IONS when he returns to teaching at USF next January.

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  • yellowmoon Jun 16, 2012

    Oh my gosh! Someone speaking my language. I have worked with livestock, horses in particular all my life. The horses have shown me how they smell things in order to make a decision. One could say I specialize in movement analysis. The horses have honed my skills in order to pick up on the minute shifts of their body language. The wrinkles of the nostrils is something I pay absolute attention to. The horse's nose knows. I have found that the molecular pattern of the scent is stored in the brains filing system. The file titled scerio # whatever, opens when a scent that is stored in the file passes through the "Old Factory". When the brain reads the file it causes the horse to make a decision as to fright or flight depending on the remaining contents in the file. I have witnessed horses smelling for electrical current and that tells me that they can smell the electrical energies emiitted from everything around them. Oh I am so glad to welcome Michael Bloch into the IONS TEAM. Go forth and prosper, your path is a very special one. Thank You

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    deesartz Jun 17, 2012

    Wonderful addition to the IONS team! . It is inspiring to see Michael Bloch exploring the impact of olfactory stimulation. I inherited a "strong sensitive sniffer" as I've called it and continue amazed and curious about specific aromas and smells. The pleasure of a meal so connected to the aromas and appearance. Our mood and memory so held and restored in aromas! And...How is the changing environment, sterilization of smells, and toxins impacting our senses. On the other hand, my early career and work was in expressive therapies and integration of left right hemisphere tasks focusing on visual expressions specifically and some movement body awareness. Now in my later years and career, it is fascinating to see how "sense-a-tion" changes and heightened in one sense while softened in another.

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