Local Sidereal Time, Global Geomagnetic Field Fluctuations, and Traffic Accidents

By Westerlund, Joakim; Dalkvist, Jan | The Journal of Parapsychology, September 1999 | Go to article overview

Local Sidereal Time, Global Geomagnetic Field Fluctuations, and Traffic Accidents


Westerlund, Joakim, Dalkvist, Jan, The Journal of Parapsychology


The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support of John Bjorkheim Memorial Foundation.

ABSTRACT: The basis of the present study was findings by Spottiswoode (1997a, 1997b) showing that Anomalous Cognition (AC) effect size appears to be associated with Local Sidereal Time (LST) and that correlations between AC effect size and Global Geomagnetic Field (GMF) fluctuations appear to vary with LST. It was argued that, if these findings could be replicated, a parapsychological breakthrough could be expected. Since the amount of AC data available is seriously restricted, it was suggested that data from nonparapsychological databases could be used in order to shed some light on Spottiswoode's findings. AC could, presumably, be used as a tool for avoiding traffic accidents, and it was therefore expected that the number of traffic accidents should be related to LST and GMF fluctuations in a similar way as effect sizes from AC experiments. Positive findings, it was further argued, would even be informative if they were caused by purely psychological states, because they would refute the possibility that Sp ottiswoode's findings can be attributed to random fluctuations.

A database of 567,362 traffic accidents in Sweden during the years 1985-1996 was examined for effects of LST and GMF fluctuations. The database was divided into two equal halves: "initial data" and "validation data." For all types of analyses, good agreement between the two data sets was obtained. A 200% increase in the number of accidents involving animals was observed at about 19h LST. …

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