Out of the process Oxígeme, we understand that research is a basic pillar in the therapeutical process, a constant interaction, and feedback with clinical work and the training activities. Because of this, activities in the academic and scientific world have been and always will be a keystone in Oxígeme.
The Oxígeme research committee was created out of a clear scientific vision. The theoretical and methodological basis, on which our investigations rely, have been gathered in different publications of Manuel Almendro in which books in both the Spanish and English language as well as articles in indexed journals are included. Oxígeme is a Journal of Transpersonal Research collaborating institution, with two members in their editorial board. Furthermore, Manuel Almendro is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies. For that matter, the scientific production, already present related to Oxígeme, guarantees the knowledge and accumulated experience of over more than thirty years of clinical practice of the Process.
In this line of promoting academic research and collaboration with various academic institutions, the Oxigeme Research Commission is integrated by professionals who are pursuing different Postgraduate (MAs) and Doctoral studies, integrated or in collaboration with different institution, such as the Comillas University at Madrid, the UNED, and the University of Detroit Mercy. Therefore, our research work is mainly carried out with an academic scope.
Currently, the Oxígeme Research Committee is completing a range of actions to validate a variety of therapeutic interventions. Among these interventions are included, Induced Vibration, meditation/mindfulness (Hara), therapeutical group sessions and the Crisol seminar.
The investigations are carried out following experimental ad hoc designs, in accordance with the characteristics of each of the interventions and following the efficiency of the methodological evaluations of the psychological treatments. Therefore, the basic procedure to validate the Oxígeme Process is supported by the methods of experimental designs, adapted to satisfy the requirements of therapeutical interventions.
For the most part, these methodologies include the application of the measuring instruments to the experimental group together with a comparable control group. The designs include a pre and post treatment application along longitudinal studies at different times. The measurings of the dependent variables are based on the application of different measuring instruments of the changes of the relevant variables. Between these instruments properly validated psychometrical proofs are included. In other words, new neuro-phenomenological views are established, integrating measuring procedures of the neurophysiological activity like the use of EEG techniques. The selection of the variables and/or procedures is according to the characteristics of the interventionunder research.
The validation process of Oxígeme includes not only the evaluation of the changes in the variables of the state that can appear in determined experiences but also – with growing importance- the effects of those experiences/states of consciousness on the characteristical variables. In other words, we are not only interested in the investigation of what happens during the therapeutical sessions, but above all in the evaluation of the long-term changes that therapy produces in thepsychological function of the individual in their daily lives.
Together with these tasks an adaptation of psychometrical instruments which measure interesting research constructs but haven´t been validated for the Spanish population is being carried out.The adaptation of the ESI-R is an example of this.
Some of the current projects
- Validation of the VEEC questionnaire (Validation of experiences of expanded states of consciousness), designed by Manuel Almendro. The questionnaire has already been registered in the registry of intellectual property.
- Spanish adaptation of the SELF-questionnaire (Self-Expansiveness Level Form) in coordination with the original English version (Doctor Harris Friedman).
Finally, among our future research lines, we found the promising advances in the fields of neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology and psychoneuroendocrinology of special interest.
The development of investigations which study the effects of the therapeutical interventions following these techniques is still taking its first steps with in the scientific community.