The Journal of Parapsychology

A semiannual journal of experimental research results in the field of parapsychology. Published by the Rhine Research Center in Durham, NC.

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 3, September

A Comparison of Ganzfeld and Hypnagogic State in Terms of Electrophysiological Measures and Subjective Experience
ABSTRACT: The ganzfeld setting has often been used to induce experimentally the hypnagogic state, similar to that which occurs at sleep onset. However, the underlying assumption that the ganzfeld really induces a true hypnagogic state has not been...
A Comparison of the Features of Psychomanteum and Hypnagogic/hypnopompic Experiences
ABSTRACT: Recent attempts to facilitate reunions with deceased loved ones using a psychomanteum chamber have found that many participants report reunion experiences ranging from a sense of presence to vivid and realistic visual encounters. Many participants...
Anomalous Baseline Effects in Mainstream Emotion Research Using Psychophysiological Variables
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...
An Updated Meta-Analysis of Post-Prl ESP Ganzfeld Experiments: The Effect of Standardness
ABSTRACT: A number of meta-analyses have been published claiming that ESP ganzfeld experiments do or do not provide convincing evidence for psi. Hyman and Honorton agreed that a subset of 28 manual ganzfeld studies were collectively significant, although...
A Paradigm Shift Away from the ESP-Pk Dichotomy: The Theory of Psychopraxia
MICHAEL A. THALBOURNE [1] ABSTRACT: The traditional view in parapsychology is that ESP and PK are separate and distinct categories of psi. However, M. A. Thalbourne's (1982, in press) theory of psychopraxia is put forward as an alternative interpretation...
A Proposed Measure for Psi-Induced Bunching of Randomly Spaced Events
ABSTRACT: In a psi experiment with a long series of trials, evidence for psi may be found not only in an increased number of hits but also in a nonrandom distribution of the hits over the series of trials. The author discusses one such possible nonrandom...
Conflicit1ve Psi Experiences: A Survey with Implications for Clinical Parapsychology
We are grateful to the Bial Foundation for their financial support of this research project. Thanks are also due to Carlos S. Alvarado, Nancy Zingrone, and Stanley Krippner or help with the translation and for reviewing the English version of this...
Conjuring Spirits or Conjuring Tricks? Explanations for Seance Phenomena in Victorian Britain
I acknowledge my debt to the following organizations, all of which provided funding for the project of which this article is a part: the Institut fur Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene, Freiburg, Germany; the Koestler Chair, University...
Counseling and Therapy for People Who Claim Exceptional Experiences
ABSTRACT: Every year, about 400 people from all over Germany who claim exceptional experiences approach the Institut fur Grenzgebieite der Psychologie und Psychohygiene e.V. (IGPP) in Freiburg asking for advice and help in order to find explanations...
Dream Gesp and Consensus Vote: A Replication
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...
Investigating Methodological Issues in Eda-Dmils: Results from a Pilot Study
ABSTRACT: This article addresses methodological issues in current EDA--DMILS research. The authors conducted an exploratory DMILS pilot study with 26 sessions and found a remote intention effect with an effect size of approximately ES = .35-.42 depending...
Local Sidereal Time, Global Geomagnetic Field Fluctuations and Memory
We acknowledge the financial support of the John Bjorkhem Memorial Foundation and thank Lars-Goran Nilsson, who kindly allowed us access to the Betula database, and Karen Williams for her skillful debugging of the English language. ABSTRACT: The...
Neurophysiological and Psychological Assessment of an Individual Experiencing Anomalous Mental Phenomena: A Second Case Study
This research was conducted at the Institute for Parapsychology. ABSTRACT: Brain electrical activity (19 channels EEG) data were recorded during baseline conditions, psi tasks, and control periods from BSJ, a 53-year-old female participant who had...
Periodicities TN Archived Card-Guessing Data: Preliminary Report on a Large Database
This work was supported in part by a grant from the John Bjorkhem Memorial Foundation. ABSTRACT: Previous investigations by Spottiswoode have shown that (a) anomalous cognition or ESP is greatly enhanced during a narrow window of local sidereal...
Personality Correlates of Anomalous Experiences, Perceived Ability, and Beliefs: Schizotypy, Temporal-Lobe Signs, and Gender
ABSTRACT: This investigation considered personality variables in relation to anomalous experiences, beliefs, abilities, fear of the anomalous, and anomalous experiences associated with drug use (as assessed by the Anomalous Experience Inventory). These...
Photographic and Video Recording of "Ghost Lights" at Two Reputedly Haunted Houses
We .gratefully acknowledge support or this investigation from the Institut fur Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene, Freiburg, Germany. We also appreciate the cooperation of the owner of McRaven House, Leland French. Thanks are also due to...
Pk Tests in a Pre-Sleep State
ABSTRACT: In an experiment with a single participant, the author, signals from a weak vibrator were presented at random time intervals to the participant, while he was ready to fall asleep at night. A pilot test of twenty 15-minute sessions indicated...
Psychological and Electromagnetic Aspects of Haunts
We gratefully acknowledge support or these investigations from the Institut fur Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene, Freiburg, Germany. We extend thanks to Michael Persinger for providing crucial source material and to Michaeleen Maher for...
Quantitative Investigation of the General Wayne Inn
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,...
Symposium: Rspk and Haunts & Poltergeist and Space-Time: A Contemplation on Hans Bender's Ideas about Rspk
I thank the Institut fur Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene e. V., Freiburg, Germany, for support in the preparation of this article. ABSTRACT: This article explores 3 issues: the evidence for RSPK, the space where it occurs, and the...
The Disembodied Self: An Empirical Study of Dissociation and the Out-of-Body Experience
ABSTRACT: Recent developments in the study of dissociation prompted a re-examination of the nature of the out-of-body experience (OBE). A questionnaire survey of Australian university students addressed the relation between the OBE and nonpathological...
The Problem of Finding an Optimal Measure of Effect Size for Psi Experiments
ABSTRACT: The measurement of effect size (ES) has a long history in parapsychology, although the earlier attempts did not use this special statistical term. Already in 1935, R. H. Thouless presented an index of psi efficiency (later called ESP quotient)...
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