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Scientific Study Demonstrates Psychic Phenomena

Have Scientists Found Evidence of Psychic Phenomena Finally?

Not only does this study (which appears to be considered truly scientific by any standard) demonstrate psychic phenomena, it hints at exciting things regarding the nature of time and destiny. And I’m not blowing it out of proportion. Read on…

Melissa Burkley, PhD, does a fantastic job of explaining this study in plain english at Psychology Today:

In one of the studies, college students were given a list of words and after reading the list, were given a surprise recall test to see how many words they remembered. Next, a computer randomly selected some of the words on the list as practice words and the participants were asked to retype them several times. The results of the study showed that the students were better at recalling the words on the surprise recall test that they were later given, at random, to practice. According to Bem, practicing the words after the test somehow allowed the participants to “reach back in time to facilitate recall.”

In another study, Bem examined whether the well-known priming effect could also be reversed. In a typical priming study, people are shown a photo and they have to quickly indicate if the photo represents a negative or positive image. If the photo is of a cuddly kitten, you press the “positive” button and if the photo is of maggots on rotting meat, you press the “negative” button. A wealth of research has examined how subliminal priming can speed up your ability to categorize these photos. Subliminal priming occurs when a word is flashed on the computer screen so quickly that your conscious brain doesn’t recognize what you saw, but your nonconscious brain does. So you just see a flash, and if I asked you to tell me what you saw, you wouldn’t be able to. But deep down, your nonconscious brain saw the word and processed it. In priming studies, we consistently find that people who are primed with a word consistent with the valence of the photo will categorize it quicker. So if I quickly flash the word “happy” before the kitten picture, you will click the “positive” button even quicker, but if I instead flash the word “ugly” before it, you will take longer to respond. This is because priming you with the word “happy” gets your mind ready to see happy things.

In Bem’s retroactive priming study, he simply reversed the time sequence on this effect by flashing the primed word after the person categorized the photo. So I show you the kitten picture, you pick whether it is positive or negative, and then I randomly choose to prime you with a good or bad word. The results showed that people were quicker at categorizing photos when it was followed by a consistent prime. So not only will you categorize the kitten quicker when it is preceded by a good word, you will also categorize it quicker when it is followed by a good word. It was as if, while participants were categorizing the photo, their brain knew what word was coming next and this facilitated their decision.

These are just two examples of the studies that Bem conducted, but his other studies showed similar “retroactive” effects. The results clearly suggest that average “non-psychic” people seem to be able to anticipate future events.

There are a few things to get tingly about here. First, the fact that this study was conducted in such a way as to be considered valid and valid enough to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. So we shouldn’t expect any of the usual poo-pooing (well I suppose we should, because some people just can’t accept anything psi-related) of the methodologies that have dogged other serious researchers like Rupert Sheldrake or Dean Radin. Second, this kind of research can be replicate in so many ways, further honing in on the phenomena – much more will be learned after this. Third, the implications of the nature of time are profound. Fourth, this study just happens to be coming out around the same time as another study conducted by physicists on particles that essentially demonstrates the same thing! It’s being demonstrated that particles behave differently in the present depending upon what happens to them in the future. THAT is trippy.

Now the question is, how soon before someone creates an iPhone app based on this? ;)

Participate in research, get a chance to win $100 at Amazon

Want to contribute to parapsychology/spirituality research and get a chance to win $100 at Amazon.com at the same time? Sure, you do! Just participate in a study being conducted by an undergrad at the University of Toronto (it takes about an hour). When you’re done you’ll be able to enter to win a $100 gift certificate at Amazon (where they sell, well, everything). You’ll also be able to get a free comprehensive personality report if you want. Pretty cool, no?

Click here to go to the study: http://jbplab.net/surveyhttp://jbplab.net/survey

Participate in Rhine Center Research (Durham, NC)

Are you interested in participating in Research at the Rhine Center in Durham, NC?
You can sign up to be a member of the Rhine Research Center’s participant pool. The Rhine Center will be running at least two research studies in the coming months. By registering as a research volunteer, your details will be forwarded to the research team, who will contact you when studies are about to commence. At this time, they will send you more details about the study, and if you are interested and available, arrange a convenient time for you to take part. Studies will take place at the Rhine Research Center, and can be organized around your schedule.

The sign up form is located here:  http://ymlp.com/signup.php?id=guhwewygmgmhttp://ymlp.com/signup.php?id=guhwewygmgm

 

Bella - a psychic dog?

Bella - a psychic dog?

Dogs that know! From the OpenSourceScience Experiments. 

Do you and your dog have a special connection? Does your dog seem to know when you’re coming home, even at odd hours? If so, your dog might be a good candidate for an experiment, and could earn a $1,000 prize offered to dog owners who successfully participate.

The first step to joining the experiment is self-testing your dog to see whether they can anticipate your intention to return home. The easiest way to do this is to have someone at home with your dog while you’re away running errands. Then, have the person watching your dog call you on your cell phone and tell you to come home. If your dog is tuned-in to your return trip home you should observe them spending more time at the door or window when you’re on your way.

This anticipating behavior (e.g. sitting at the window, or door, or anything else you observe) should be much more noticeable when you’re returning home than when you were out. For example, in Dr. Rupert Sheldrake’s experiments, he found that Jaytee the dog spent 80% of his time by the window when his owner, Pam, was on her way home, versus only 20% of his time by the window other while she was out running errands.

Click here to learn more about participating in this experiment:
http://www.opensourcescience.net/index.php?title=Can_Dogs_Anticipate:Participatehttp://www.opensourcescience.net/index.php?title=Can_Dogs_Anticipate:Participate