Mulligan, B.P., Suess Cloes, L., Mach, Q.H., and Persinger, M.A., 2010. Geopsychology: Geophysical matrix and human behavior. In: Florinsky, I.V. (Ed.), Man and the Geosphere. Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 115–141.
The sophistication of modern technology and statistical analyses is sufficient to fully explore the potential of geopsychology or “the geopsyche”. It is defined as the relationship between the complex matrix of static and time-varying geophysical and geochemical variables within a locality and human behavior. Geomagnetic variations, sufficient to explain about 10% of the variance, have been reliably associated with cardiovascular stability and the brain’s cerebral sensitivity. There is strong correlational evidence that long-term geophysical fluctuations may shift a population’s cognitive style and its responses to environmental crises. Two sites within Ontario, Canada are considered proofs of concept. In one site, associated with marked mineralization and strong local gradients in the geomagnetic field, there is an aggregation of creative individuals who report that “the place” is responsible for their elevated productivity. In another site, the apparent interaction between tectonic strain, hydrological loading within a magnetite mine, and the construction of a cell phone communication tower produced unusual brain-frequency magnetic fields that have been associated with an epidemic of intuitive and “spiritual” experiences within tens of thousands of visitors. We suggest that the optimal creativity and adaptability of future populations may require determination of the empirical congruence between the person’s neurocognitive profile and the geophysical environment.