Definition of ganzfeld in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡänzˌfeld/ /ˈɡans-/


A technique of controlled sensory input used in parapsychology with the aim of improving results in tests of telepathy and other paranormal phenomena.
Example sentences
  • As mentioned above, there were problems with the original ganzfeld experiments involving sensory leakage and randomization procedures.
  • The ganzfeld technique, which has provided some of the best evidence for ESP, is believed to induce a hypnagogiclike state.
  • For example, the initial ganzfeld studies obtained significant results with pictures as targets.


1950s (in sense 'empty field of vision'): from German, literally 'whole field'.

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