Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

The Parapsychology Foundation as a Funding Organisation

Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

The Parapsychology Foundation as a Funding Organisation

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ABSTRACT: When the social history of parapsychology is written, it will be important to include a discussion about funding and its sources. At the risk of being called immodest because of my current affiliation, I would argue that a significant chapter of this history is comprised of the funding contributions of the Parapsychology Foundation (PF). A search through some of the main parapsychology journals and the PF's Annual Reports supports this view, showing the magnitude of PF's funding as well as the variety of topics funded over the years.

From its beginnings, the PF was interested in a broad view of the field. That is, there was interest in funding virtually any area or approach that presented the potential of helping the field of parapsychology. This included experimental work, spontaneous case research, philosophical and theoretical writings, historical investigations, and education. In addition, the PF grant program had, and still has, an international orientation.

The roster of grants given to conduct experimental research on ESP and psychokinesis reads like a who's who in parapsychology. This includes the work reported from Rhine's laboratory and from such investigators as Margaret Anderson, Esther Foster, Winifred Nielsen, Karlis Osis, Robert Van de Castle, and Rhea White. Investigators from other laboratories that were funded by the PF include George Fisk, Betty Humphrey, J. Fraser Nicol, J. Gaither Pratt, Gertrude Schmeidler, and Donald J. West. Some important projects or lines of research include the work of Grad regarding psychokinetic effects on the growth of plants, Stanford and his associates' work on cognitive correlates of ESP mentation, and Giesler's psi testing in Brazil considering myriad cultural variables. …

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