Have people stare intimately into each others' eyes for up to an hour at a time repeatedly, while simultaneously subjecting them to extreme pain while listening to trance-inducing music, and you have a recipe for a lot more dissociation and hallucinations than this study achieved. You have White Tantric Yoga (tm)!
From PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26112448
2015 Jun 11. pii: S0165-1781(15)00321-2. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.04.050. [Epub ahead of print]
Dissociation and hallucinations in dyads engaged through interpersonal gazing.
1DIPSUM, University of Urbino, via Saffi 15, 61029 Urbino, Italy. Electronic address: email@example.com.
Interpersonal gazing in dyads, when the two individuals in the dyad stare at each other in the eyes, is investigated in 20 healthy young individuals at low illumination for 10-min. Results indicate dissociative symptoms, dysmorphic face perceptions, and hallucination-like strange-face apparitions. Dissociative symptoms and face dysmorphia were correlated. Strange-face apparitions were non-correlated with dissociation and dysmorphia. These results indicate that dissociative symptoms and hallucinatory phenomena during interpersonal-gazing under low illumination can involve different processes. Strange-face apparitions may characterize the rebound to "reality" (perceptual reality caused by external stimulus and hallucinatory reality caused by internal input) from a dissociative state induced by sensory deprivation. These phenomena may explain psychodynamic projections of the subject׳s unconscious meanings into the other׳s face. The results indicate that interpersonal gazing in dyads can be an effective tool for studying experimentally-induced dissociative symptoms and hallucinatory-like apparitions.
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