Psychological Recommendations for Psi Testing
IT IS wise in looking at the problem of conducting a psi test properly to keep in mind that it is a purely psychological function that is being tested and to allow it every possible psychological consideration.
We may, in fact, define a proper psi test as one in which the essential objective conditions are adequately provided and thereafter taken for granted, allowing first emphasis to be placed on the effectiveness of the test in demonstrating psi. In short, it would not be a psi test if it were not to go beyond the mere precautionary requirements. Rather, it must first of all meet the psychological conditions under which psi can operate. While the establishment of the occurrence of psi was at issue it was difficult to press the point of these intangible requirements. But now that that has been accomplished, it would be unreasonable to consider as an adequate test of psi anything less than one properly calculated to evoke the ability to be tested as well as to measure it safely when evoked.
When we begin to think of psi testing in these more psychological terms we appreciate the failures and difficulties all the more because we better understand them. Most conspicuous, perhaps, among failures is the fact that some experimenters have found themselves unable to conduct successful psi experiments; that is, when they have gone through the standard testing routines with their subjects they obtained only chance results. In most