Retrocognition, also called postcognition, is the
supposed ability to know something about a situation after
its occurrence through psychic means. Retrocongition often
involves ability to know the past (sometimes including
distant past) of oneself and others, without direct
observation of events. Psychometry and past life regression
can both be considered kinds of retrocognition.
The word means past sense perception, and is usually a
relatively minor set of circumstances. These are specific
usually to unknown individuals, or those whose names are
not given by the visions involved in psychic transfer. The
understanding, as it is, comes spontaneously and usually
through the stress or emotions involved in a set of
circumstances that is specific to you, which may or may not
include other individuals. They usually are unaware of such
ideas: they are seen only in the eyes of the beholder.
However, as with all purported psychic phenomena, the
details of the experience are highly subjective to each
Retrocognition is the art of seeing or sensing the past.
Retrocognition occurs at spontaneous times, but very
uncommonly during the course of daily life, dreams, and
parapsychology experiments. Retrocognition has been claimed
to be accomplished deliberately by psychics who seek access
to the past events that have occurred to obtain information
or gain an insight to a certain situation.
It is difficult to test because of the possibility of
clairvoyance existing in historical records. Spontaneous
psychic Retrocognition usually takes on the form of a
vision or hallucination, and the surrounding scenes are
replaced by surroundings of the past, but only for a short.
They sometimes feature sounds and smells from the past.
Retrocognition is a psychic phenomenon of haunting and
apparitions that are replays that seem to be continual
events such as murders or suicides.
Psychologist Gardner Murphy came up with the theory that
most ghosts are cases of retrocognition in which an
individual becomes momentarily displaced in time and can
actually perceive scenes from the past.