Parapsychology, Frontier Science of the Mind: A Survey of the Field, the Methods, and the Facts of ESP and PK Research

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Chapter 8
Some Basic Psi Test Procedures

I. Introduction

THESE instructions follow the distinction between exploratory and conclusive methods made in Chapter 2. Each of these two broad stages of research naturally requires experimental procedures appropriate to it. This presentation of techniques takes for granted a general acquaintance with Part I of the book. Chapter 7 dealing with psychological conditions affecting psi is of special importance. A glossary of terms is given on pages 207- 210.

Four basic test procedures are described. They are the most widely used and will cover most of the needs the readers of this volume will likely have. These procedures are themselves comparatively easily adapted to a wider range of special situations. The procedures given are for tests of clairvoyance, of general extrasensory perception, of precognition, and of psychokinesis. They are described first in the form appropriate for exploratory experiments. Later, in a separate section, precautions required for conclusive experimentation are added for all four types of tests.

The aim is to present test instructions that will enable the student or professional worker to start his own experimenting in whatever general area of parapsychology or its application he may choose. As the experimenter continues to the point at which he may wish to know about other methods, he will already have become acquainted with research literature in which they are to be found.* He will have made the acquaintance of the Hum-

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E.g., The Journal of Parapsychology, published by the Duke University Press, Durham, N. C.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Part I - Present Knowledge 3
  • Chapter 1 - A Field of Science 5
  • Chapter 2 - Objective Research Methods 17
  • Reference 43
  • Additional Reading 44
  • Chapter 3 - The Facts About Psi and Its Types 45
  • Chapter 4 - Psi and the Physical World 66
  • Chapter 5 - The Psychology of Psi 78
  • Chapter 6 - Psi Research and Other Related Fields 101
  • Part II - Testing Techniques 129
  • Chapter 7 - Psychological Recommendations for Psi Testing 131
  • Chapter 8 - Some Basic Psi Test Procedures 139
  • Additional Reading 168
  • Chapter 9 - Statistical Methods 170
  • Tables 189
  • Some Significant Events In Parapsychology 199
  • Glossary 205
  • Name Index 211
  • Subject Index 213
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