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psy·chog·ra·phy

(sī-kog'ră-fē),
The literary characterization of a person, real or fictional, which uses psychoanalytic and psychological categories and theories; a psychological biography or character description.
[psycho- + G. graphē, a writing]
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All reported that during the study, they were able to reach their usual trance-like state during the psychography task and were in their regular state of consciousness during the control task.
The researchers found that the experienced psychographers showed lower levels of activity in the left hippocampus (limbic system), right superior temporal gyrus, and the frontal lobe regions of the left anterior cingulate and right precentral gyrus during psychography compared to their normal (non-trance) writing.
The frontal lobe areas are associated with reasoning, planning, generating language, movement, and problem solving, perhaps reflecting an absence of focus, self-awareness and consciousness during psychography, the researchers hypothesize.
Less expert psychographers showed just the opposite-increased levels of CBF in the same frontal areas during psychography compared to normal writing.
This finding may be related to their more purposeful attempt at performing the psychography.
As the chapter entitled "A Biographical Sketch Based on His Own Words" would confirm, psychography is really just biography yearning to become autobiography, a narrative that ultimately seeks to relinquish critical distance.
No doubt the nature of psychography demands it, but chronological time is out of joint here.