Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Anomalous Baseline Effects in Mainstream Emotion Research Using Psychophysiological Variables

Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Anomalous Baseline Effects in Mainstream Emotion Research Using Psychophysiological Variables

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I express my gratitude to A. Hamm and M. Durieux for providing me with the raw data of their experiments. A. Bechara was helpful in pointing out that the randomization used in their study was not appropriate for drawing strong conclusions about the true anomalous nature of the effects. Last, I thank my daughter, Jet Bierman, for the conscientious way in which she obtained the data from the gambling study.

ABSTRACT: The goal of this study was to see whether anomalies observed in physiological baseline measurements could be found in data from previously published studies. Three data sets were reanalyzed. The first was from a study on the speed with which fear arises in animal-phobic participants versus controls. The second study was concerned with the difference in anticipatory responses prior to choosing cards from risky versus nonrisky decks of cards in a gambling task. The third data set was from a study investigating the effect of emotional priming on the evaluation of Japanese characters. …

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