The Journal of Parapsychology

A semiannual journal of experimental research results in the field of parapsychology. Published by the Rhine Research Center in Durham, NC.

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 1, Spring

A Controlled Analysis of Subjective Paranormal Experiences in Temporal Lobe Dysfunction in a Neuropsychiatric Population
ABSTRACT This research extended to a neuropsychiatric population findings by Neppe and by Persinger that subjective paranormal experiences (SPEs) are associated with temporal lobe dysfunction (TLD) in the brain. The sample consisted of 100 of Neppe's...
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Considering the Sender as a Pk Agent in Ganzfeld ESP Studies
ABSTRACT Previous ganzfeld research that has considered the role of the sender has been inconsistent in its findings and may be criticised for not taking sufficient account of the sender--receiver relationship. This study used a novel method for...
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Correspondence
To the Editor: I greatly enjoyed James McClenon's "Content Analysis of an Anomalous Experience Collection: Evaluating Evolutionary Perspectives" (JP, 66, 291-316). Please permit a comment about his observation on page 310 that "no known data...
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Experimenter Effects with a Remote Facilitation of Attention Focusing Task: A Study with Multiple Believer and Disbeliever Experimenters
ABSTRACT This article reports the 4th study in a series investigating experimenter effects with a remote facilitation of attention focusing psi task. The "helpee" focuses attention on a candle and presses a button whenever he or she feels distracted....
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Obituary Marcello Truzzi: 1935-2003
Marcello Truzzi, associate member of the Parapsychological Association, died of cancer on February 2, 2003. He was 67. Truzzi, known as a "balanced" skeptic, advocated considering evidence regarding all points of view. He encouraged discourse between...
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Research Strategies for Enhancing Conceptual Development and Replicability
ABSTRACT Strategies are described for advancing conceptual development and replicability by testing conceptual hypotheses. Emphasis is given to creating and testing hypotheses to explain specific findings (e.g., that psi believers perform better...
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Scientists, Shamans, and Sages: Gazing through Six Hats
ABSTRACT Most parapsychologists espouse traditional scientific methods, involving data collection and data analysis, refereed publications, critical feedback, methodological improvements, renewed hypothesis testing, and so on. Overall, this approach...
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Spiritual Motivations of Parapsychologists? Empirical Data
ABSTRACT Contrary to the beliefs of both extreme skeptics and spiritually committed people that parapsychologists are either, at the one extreme, mainly driven by attempts to validate their personal spiritual convictions under the guise of science...
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The Capricious, Actively Evasive, Unsustainable Nature of Psi: A Summary and Hypotheses
ABSTRACT Many parapsychological writers have suggested that psi may be capricious or actively evasive. The evidence for this includes the unpredictable, significant reversal of direction for psi effects, the loss of intended psi effects while unintended...
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The Coverage of Parapsychology in Introductory Psychology Textbooks: 1990-2002
ABSTRACT Content analysis of 3 samples of introductory psychology textbooks published in the 1980s (N= 64), in the 1990s (N= 32), and for fall 2002 (N= 57) revealed changes in coverage of ESP and parapsychology Sixty-three percent of the 1980s sample,...
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The Phychology of the "Psi-Conductive" Experimenter: Personality, Attitudes towards Psi, and Personal Psi Experience
ABSTRACT The experimenter effect, in which some experimenters are consistently more successful than other experimenters in obtaining evidence for psi, continues to be a major challenge for modern parapsychology. The term psi-conducive experimenter...
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Videotaped Experiments on Telephone Telepathy
ABSTRACT The authors tested whether participants (N = 4) could tell who was calling before answering the telephone. In each trial, participants had 4 potential callers, one of whom was selected at random by the experimenter. Participants were filmed...
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