Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Dream Gesp and Consensus Vote: A Replication

Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Dream Gesp and Consensus Vote: A Replication

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ABSTRACT: Consensus vote within a group setting appears to be a viable method of increasing the success of dream GESP studies. This study is a replication of the dream GESP studies conducted by Dalton et al. and Sherwood et al. Four participants took part in a 16-trial dream--psi study using the same target stimuli as the original study by Dalton et al.: a target pool of 100 short video clips. Participants dreamed at home while the target was played between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. in a remote location. Judging occurred the following day in a college dormitory room, where the participants judged 4 video clips, consisting of 3 decoys and the target. Participants assigned ranks (1--4) and ratings (1--99) to each target individually, and a group rank was calculated from the combined individual ranks. A binomial hit rate measure was prespecified as the outcome for this study, with a rank of 1 or 2 to the actual target considered a hit (MCE=.50), and ranks of 3 or 4 considered a miss.

Study hypotheses were: (a) the hit rate (rank of 1 or 2) for the group consensus judging method would be significantly higher than mean chance expectation and (b) the direct hit rate (rank of 1 only) for the negative-emotion targets would be significantly higher than mean chance expectation. …

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