Parapsychology: Research on Exceptional Experiences

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Appendix 1

Glossary
Anoxia-oxygen deprivation to the brain
Apparition-a perceptual experience in which a person or animal (deceased or living) appears to be present though they are not (at least physically)
Bio-PK-psychokinesis on a living organism, e.g. lowering blood pressure, see also DMILS
Clairvoyance-non-sensory awareness of some scene or object, literally 'clear seeing'
Coincidence-the occurrence of two or more (apparently causally unrelated) events connected in the mind of the observer
Decision augmentation theory-an approach which views PK as a precognitive selection effect
DMILS-direct mental interaction with a living system, normally physiology, e.g. electrodermal activity
Double-blind-an experiment where neither the experimenter nor participants are aware who is receiving active or placebo treatments, or what the target is until after completion of the experiment
Effect size-a measure of the size of the performance
Electrodermal activity (EDA)-a measure of skin resistance that reflects states of tension
ESP-see extrasensory perception
Extrasensory perception (ESP)-where the mind acquires information without recourse to any apparent physical or known sensory means; also known as paranormal cognition. (ESP includes telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and retrocognition)
File drawer-the number of unpublished negative studies (left in researchers' files)
Forced-choice-experiments where the number of targets is restricted, e.g. Zener cards
Free-choice-experiments where the target is not restricted and may be any picture or location, for example remote viewing
Ganzfeld-experimental procedure designed to reduce participants'

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations viii
  • About the Authors ix
  • Acknowledgements xii
  • Introduction 1
  • Parapsychology 5
  • Chapter 1 - Parapsychology 7
  • Chapter 2 - Methodology 28
  • Chapter 3 - Meta-Analyses 42
  • Chapter 4 - Psychological Factors 64
  • Chapter 5 - Scepticism 80
  • Paranormal Cognition 91
  • Chapter 6 - Second Sight 93
  • Chapter 7 - Extrasensory Perception 99
  • Chapter 8 - Precognition and Premonitions 108
  • Chapter 9 - Animal Psi 114
  • Paranormal Action 123
  • Chapter 10 - Psychokinesis 125
  • Chapter 11 - Healing 137
  • Chapter 12 - Shamanism 149
  • Anomalous Experience 165
  • Chapter 13 - Coincidence 167
  • Chapter 14 - Apparitions and Encounters 175
  • Chapter 15 - Out-Of-Body Experiences 188
  • Chapter 16 - Near-Death Experiences 196
  • Chapter 17 - Imagery 204
  • After-Life Associations 213
  • Chapter 18 - Survival 215
  • Chapter 19 - Reincarnation 224
  • Chapter 20 - Religion 233
  • Appendices 243
  • Appendix 1 245
  • Appendix 2 248
  • Index 254
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