Georgi Lozanov

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Georgi Lozanov in 2008

Georgi Lozanov (July 22, 1926 in Sofia, Bulgaria – May 6, 2012 in Sliven, Bulgaria) known as 'the father of accelerated learning', was a Bulgarian scientist, neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist and educator, creator of suggestology, suggestopedia and integrated psychotherapy.(Suggestopedia was created as an experimental branch of suggestology for use in pedagogy.) He developed suggestopedia/suggestopaedia, a learning/teaching theory based on his early-1960s study of suggestion which is known as "suggestology".[1]

Lozanov's theory and practice triggered an accelerated learning movement in the West, where various techniques not originally included in the Lozanov's theory were introduced. Such techniques included elements such as breathing, visualization and biofeedback. In present days there is a school in Sliven dedicated to preparing teachers for using suggestopaedia during lessons in order to improve the learning speed of pupils.

Lozanov had earlier also conducted advanced long-term research in the field of parapsychology, especially on clairvoyance. See Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain by Sheila Ostrander & Lynn Schroeder. Due to the policy of the former communist regime which confiscated much of Lozanov's research-material, the main body of his work in this field still remains unpublished.


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