Basic Research in Parapsychology, 2d ed.
About the Book
This expanded and revised text includes thirteen experimental reports (five new to this edition) and seven review articles involving meta-analysis and the assessment of evidence in specific areas of psi research. The author provides a representative sample of the extensive literature in the controversial field of parapsychology and presents a few basic experiments illustrating various procedures and broadly reflecting the major trends of psi research. Possible experimental procedures, cumulative evidence showing the replicability of individual experiments, and promising areas of psi research are also discussed.
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About the Author(s)
Compiled and edited by K. Ramakrishna Rao
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2001
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Reality, Replicability, and Lawfulness of Psi 3
2. A Review of the Pearce-Pratt Distance Series of ESP Tests 38
3. PK Tests with a High-Speed Random Number Generator 50
4. Correlations of Random Binary Sequences with Pre-Stated Operator Intention: A Review of a 12-Year Program 63
5. Statistically Robust Anomalous Effects: Replication in Random Event Generator Experiments 89
6. Transcontinental Remote Viewing 94
7. An Assessment of the Evidence for Psychic Functioning 110
8. A Laboratory Approach to the Nocturnal Dimension of Paranormal Experience: Report of a Confirmatory Study Using the REM Monitoring Technique 142
9. Psychology and Anomalous Observations: The Question of ESP in Dreams 157
10. Experimenter Effects and the Remote Detection of Staring 181
11. Personality Characteristics of ESP Subjects: III. Extraversion and ESP 192
12. Extraversion and ESP Performance: A Meta-Analysis and a New Confirmation 205
13. Comments on the Extraversion-ESP Meta-Analysis by Honorton, Ferrari, and Bem 228
14. Further Studies of Relaxation as a Psi-Conducive State 234
15. ESP Card Tests of College Students with and without Hypnosis 251
16. Hypnotic Induction vs. Control Conditions: Illustrating an Approach to the Evaluation of Replicability in Parapsychological Data 262
17. Yogic Meditation and Psi Scoring in Forced-Choice and Free-Response Tests 287
18. Meta-Analysis of Psi Ganzfeld Research: A Response to Hyman 307
19. Does Psi Exist? Replicable Evidence for an Anomalous Process of Information Transfer 345
Book Reviews & Awards
“a well-chosen set of research reports in experimental parapsychology…informative”—Choice; “at last!…excellent…most interesting, informative, and provocative…the spectacular results will excite a student’s interest and thus prepare well for lectures on related group studies or relevant theory”—The Journal of Parapsychology; “a useful volume to have at hand”—Journal of the Society for Psychical Research; “intriguing…a useful resource”—Contemporary Psychology; “excellent…highly recommended”—SSC Booknews; “worthwhile…useful”—Fate; “it is the only source-book of its kind”—Light; “very worthwhile”—Journal of Scientific Exploration.