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Rhine era[ edit ] InStanford University became the first academic institution in the United States to study extrasensory perception ESP and psychokinesis PK in a laboratory setting.
After conducting approximately 10, experiments, Coover concluded "statistical treatments of the data fail to reveal any cause beyond chance.
Under the guidance of psychologist William McDougalland with the help of others in the department—including psychologists Karl ZenerJoseph B. Rhineand Louisa E.
Rhine —laboratory ESP experiments using volunteer subjects from the undergraduate student body began. As opposed to the approaches of psychical research, which generally sought qualitative evidence for paranormal phenomena, the experiments at Duke University proffered a quantitativestatistical approach using cards and dice.
As a consequence of the ESP experiments at Duke, standard laboratory procedures for the testing of ESP developed and came to be adopted by interested researchers throughout the world.
Harvard students were used as the subjects. Estabrooks acted as the sender with the guesser in an adjoining room.
In total 2, trials were conducted. When the subjects were sent to a distant room with insulation the scores dropped to chance level.
Attempts to repeat the experiment also failed. In his book, Rhine popularized the word "parapsychology", which psychologist Max Dessoir had coined over 40 years earlier, to describe the research conducted at Duke. Rhine also founded an autonomous Parapsychology Laboratory within Duke and started the Journal of Parapsychologywhich he co-edited with McDougall.
Rhine, along with associate Karl Zener, had developed a statistical system of testing for ESP that involved subjects guessing what symbol, out of five possible symbols, would appear when going through a special deck of cards designed for this purpose.
Rhine stated in his first book, Extrasensory Perceptionthat after 90, trials, he felt ESP is "an actual and demonstrable occurrence". Garrettwas tested by Rhine at Duke University in with Zener cards. Certain symbols that were placed on the cards and sealed in an envelope, and she was asked to guess their contents.
She performed poorly and later criticized the tests by claiming the cards lacked a psychic energy called "energy stimulus" and that she could not perform clairvoyance to order.
Most of the experiments were carried out in the Psychological Laboratory at the University College London. A total of over 12, guesses were recorded but Garrett failed to produce above chance level.
Eileen Garrett we fail to find the slightest confirmation of J. Not only did she fail when I took charge of the experiments, but she failed equally when four other carefully trained experimenters took my place.
Cox from Princeton University with subjects produced 25, trials in a playing card ESP experiment.Parapsychology is the study of paranormal and psychic phenomena, including telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, near-death experiences, reincarnation, apparitional experiences, and other paranormal claims.
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