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. 65, No. 4, December

An ESP Experiment with the Sequential Card Search Task
ABSTRACT: Sequential card search (SCS) is a variant of a forced-choice ESP task, in which participants search for 1 card symbol (target) from among a finite set in an array of concealed cards. The participants are asked to continue the search until...
Anticipatory Awareness of Emotionally Charged Targets by Individuals Who Went through Shocking Experiences
ABSTRACT: In this study, an attempt was made to establish a connection between past psychotraumatic experiences and psi abilities, especially precognition. The theoretical concept underlying this hypothesis is the postulate of a personal sensitization...
Boundless Mind: Coming of Age in Parapsychology
We are alive at a remarkable time in human history. Never before have so many different worldviews, belief systems, and cultures come into contact, interfacing with each other. Just yesterday I was walking through the park a block away from this hotel...
Cerebral Hemisphere Dominance and ESP Performance in the Autoganzfeld
ABSTRACT: The right cerebral hemisphere is often associated with psi abilities, yet there is no substantial evidence to support this claim. Therefore, this study (CLI-Ganzfeld) was designed to examine if a relationship between cerebral hemisphere dominance...
Concepts of Force in Early Psychical Research
ABSTRACT: One of the oldest explanatory concepts of psychic phenomena holds that biological forces are projected from the human body. The old literature refers to this force as animal magnetism, ectenic force, fluids, human radiations, magnetism, nervous...
Connectedness between Participants in an Experiment on Distant Intention
ABSTRACT: Connectedness between participants or between participants and experimenter might be an important moderator variable for psi effects. This can be concluded from theoretical considerations as well as from empirical results. Connectedness or...
Correspondence
To the Editor: In the familiar card-calling experiments, using a deck of 25 cards of 5 each of 5 symbols, and taking one run for simplicity, one can get from 0 to 25 right and from 0 to 25 wrong, theoretically. Suppose one gets 20 right. This would...
Errata
There were several errors in Table 1 of the paper by Bem, Palmer, and Broughton entided "Updating the ganzfeld database: A victim of its own success?" that appeared in our September 2001 issue (JP, 65, 210-211). A corrected table appears below. The...
Experimenter Effects and the Remote Facilitation of Attention Focusing: Two Studies and the Discovery of an Artefact
ABSTRACT: Two studies explored how participants' beliefs about the previous psi research track record of their experimenter might affect their responses on questionnaire measures of belief in psi, confidence of success at a psi task, perceived success...
Exploring a Tool for Identifying Intuitive Talent for Practical Decision Making
ABSTRACT: Many research and anecdotal reports point to the concept of intuition as a means by which psychic functioning merges with normal information processing to produce effective decision making and assessment under conditions of insufficient sensory...
Investigation of Psychic Beliefs in Bali
ABSTRACT: To understand psi more fully, one needs to study it cross-culturally. This study examines the beliefs about paranormal occurrences among the Balinese, and the authors compare these results, where possible, with survey results in American...
Obituary: E. Douglas Dean 1916-2001
E. (Eric) Douglas Dean, one of parapsychology's most brilliant innovators, died on August 15, 2001. Douglas was a gentle, charming man, so modest that few in parapsychology knew his varied accomplishments, or recognized the profound implications of...
Parapsychology Foundation: Present and Future
ABSTRACT: The realization that the Parapsychology Foundation (PF) has been in existence for 50 years begged an examination of past accomplishment and contemplation of future direction. A period of intense consideration of how PF can best serve the...
Parapsychology in Brazil: A Science Entering Young Adulthood
ABSTRACT: The origins and vicissitudes by which parapsychology or, as we say, psi research has gone through in Brazil have not always distinguished it from religion, alternative healing practices, superstition, and charlatanism, mainly because of the...
Roundable: Parapsychology and Children Revisited; Children in the History of Parapsychology
ABSTRACT: Children have played an important and interesting role in the development of parapsychology. Cases such as those of supposed clairvoyant Leonide Pigeaire and the Fox Sisters did much to construct and maintain ideas of psychic functioning...
Roundtable: Fifty Years of Supporting Parapsychology; the Parapsychology Foundation; Eileen J. Garrett and Frances P. Bolton: A Shared Vision of the Parapsychology Foundation
ABSTRACT: The Parapsychology Foundation, Inc. (PF) is proud to this year celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding in December 1951 by Eileen J. Garrett and the Honorable Frances P. Bolton. From a position of strength established by Eileen J....
RSPK and Consciousness
ABSTRACT: Recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis (RSPK), or poltergeist occurrences, investigated by William G. Roll and 2 recent physical theories with implications for RSPK are reviewed. Zero-point energy: A major problem for the RSPK researcher...
The Continuing Evolution of Parapsychology. (Guest Editorial)
Robert L. Morris John Palmer has kindly invited me to provide a guest editorial to this issue of the Journal of Parapsychology, reflecting on the changing scene in parapsychology. This past summer I spent 2 months at the Rhine Research Center (RRC),...
The Ghost in the Mind: A Brain-Environment Interaction Model of the Apparitional Experience
ABSTRACT: Even though they have existed for centuries in cultural tales and reportedly been seen by countless individuals, the basic question concerning apparitions remains to be, "What are they?" Are they simply subjective products of the minds of...
The International Conferences of the Parapsychology Foundation
ABSTRACT: Eileen J. Garrett and the Honorable Frances P. Bolton, the 2 founders of the Parapsychology Foundation in 1951, knew that supporting scientific investigation of psychic phenomena required more than funding and facilities. Bringing scholars...
The Parapsychology Foundation as a Funding Organisation
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...
The Problem of Replication and the "Psi-Conducive" Experimenter
ABSTRACT: Experimenter effects continue to play an important role in parapsychological research, especially with regards to the issue of replication. In this paper, the concept of the "psi-conducive" experimenter is reconsidered, as are its implications...
WWW Survey of the Content, Sensory Modalities, and Interpretation of Hypnagogic and Hypnopompic Experiences
ABSTRACT: The terms hypnagogic imagery and hypnopompic imagery were introduced by Maury in 1848 and Myers in 1903, respectively, and refer to imagery of varying sensory modalities that is experienced in the borderline states just as one is falling...
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