Parapsychology, Frontier Science of the Mind: A Survey of the Field, the Methods, and the Facts of ESP and PK Research

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Chapter 7
Psychological Recommendations for Psi Testing

I. Right Psychological Conditions Essential

IT IS wise in looking at the problem of conducting a psi test properly to keep in mind that it is a purely psychological function that is being tested and to allow it every possible psychological consideration.

We may, in fact, define a proper psi test as one in which the essential objective conditions are adequately provided and thereafter taken for granted, allowing first emphasis to be placed on the effectiveness of the test in demonstrating psi. In short, it would not be a psi test if it were not to go beyond the mere precautionary requirements. Rather, it must first of all meet the psychological conditions under which psi can operate. While the establishment of the occurrence of psi was at issue it was difficult to press the point of these intangible requirements. But now that that has been accomplished, it would be unreasonable to consider as an adequate test of psi anything less than one properly calculated to evoke the ability to be tested as well as to measure it safely when evoked.


II. Influence of the Experimenter

When we begin to think of psi testing in these more psychological terms we appreciate the failures and difficulties all the more because we better understand them. Most conspicuous, perhaps, among failures is the fact that some experimenters have found themselves unable to conduct successful psi experiments; that is, when they have gone through the standard testing routines with their subjects they obtained only chance results. In most

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Part I - Present Knowledge 3
  • Chapter I - A Field of Science 5
  • Chapter 2 - Objective Research Methods 17
  • Reference 43
  • Additional Reading 44
  • Chapter 3 - The Facts About Psi and Its Types 45
  • Chapter 4 - Psi and the Physical World 66
  • Chapter 5 - The Psychology of Psi 78
  • Chapter 6 - Psi Research and Other Related Fields 101
  • Part II - Testing Techniques 129
  • Chapter 7 - Psychological Recommendations for Psi Testing 131
  • Chapter 8 - Some Basic Psi Test Procedures 139
  • Additional Reading 168
  • Chapter 9 - Statistical Methods 170
  • Tables 189
  • Some Significant Events In Parapsychology 199
  • Glossary 205
  • Name Index 211
  • Subject Index 213
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