Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Quantitative Investigation of the General Wayne Inn

Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Quantitative Investigation of the General Wayne Inn

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ABSTRACT: Apparitions and poltergeistlike disturbances were reported by the owner and employees of a wayside inn in Merion, Pennsylvania. The legend that a ghost haunted the premises had persisted for more than 200 years. Witnesses were interviewed, and their accounts were evaluated.

The principal technique employed to study the reports used quantitative measures to test 3 sensitives and 3 controls. Participants were asked to individually tour the premises and mark on floor plans locations where they sensed a ghost (sensitives) or where they believed a credulous person might report a ghost (controls). Each participant also responded to a checklist containing brief descriptions of the reported phenomena that were randomly interposed with descriptions of plausible disturbances that no one had reported.

One sensitive's floor plan responses significantly resembled the locations of the disturbances reported by witnesses, p = .026, and the combined floor plan responses of sensitives bore a suggestive correspondence to the witnesses' reports, p = . …

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