Wait, god helmet? What kind of a heavenly creation is that? Well… it was not always named God helmet. In the beginning, it was called Koren helmet, named after its inventor – Stanley Koren, who worked along with a neuroscientist Michael Persinger, with the purpose to study Persinger’s hypotheses about brain function.
Besides the general hypothesis – that religious and mystical experiences are connected to temporal lobe structures, there were 3 other hypotheses that Koren and Persinger wanted to explore:
Vectorial Hemisphericity Hypothesis – the human sense of self has two components, one on each side of the brain, that usually work together, but the left hemisphere is dominant and under certain conditions this domination can appear as two separate “selves”,
The second hypothesis – when communication between the left and right senses of self is disturbed (God Helmet is supposed to do exactly that), the right hemisphere intrudes into the awareness of the left-hemispheric dominant self, causing what Persinger refers to as “interhemispheric intrusions” (explained below) and
The third hypothesis – “visitor experiences” could be explained by such “interhemispheric intrusions” (paranormal experiences, feeling the presence of non-physical beings etc.) caused by a disruption in “vectorial hemisphericity”.
(We took the liberty of borrowing this photo from here.)
The Koren or God Helmet was designed as an experimental object. It utilizes a network of low-intensity magnetic signals to stimulate the temporal lobe. It is mildly disrupting the brain which causes the left and the right side to communicate. The experience of using the helmet highlights the brain’s central role to what is recognized as a deep spiritual embodiment, normally associated with activities such as prayer, fasting, or meditation.
The God Helmet incorporates solenoids that are placed over the temporal lobes. It produces magnetic fields of 1 microTesla. (What does that mean, right?) For example, electric alarm clocks and chargers for mobile phones emit magnetic field from 0.013 to 2.03 microTesla.
The sessions are conducted in an acoustic chamber, shielding out all electromagnetic field emissions and radiation, except for the Earth’s magnetic field.
Unlike the God helmet, transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, utilizes electronic currents in a noninvasive manner. NeoRhythm is a tPEMF (rTMS) device that creates bursts of low-level electromagnetic waves that stimulate the brain in order to induce a desired state of mind (calmness, deep meditative state, focused state, etc.). The God Helmet therefore is not a TMS device like NeoRhythm is.