Chris Roe, Professor of Psychology at the University of Northampton, argues that many spontaneous psychic experiences involve altered states of consciousness (ASCs) in one form or another. Even so, studies involving ganzfeld and dream extra-sensory perception (ESP) methods seem to have fallen out of favor, with the number of studies utilizing ASCs dwindling in recent times. Ganzfeld and dream ESP research continue to produce significant results, and the presented experiment is part of an effort to encourage a renewed interest in these lines of investigation.
In this study, five co-participants contributed to a series of 40 trials (divided into two phases of 20 trials to allow small changes to the protocol in between phase 1 and 2). All slept at home as normal and kept a dream diary. The following morning, they attended a group session in which each person was invited to share their dream content.
Participants then viewed the target clip and three decoys presented by the computer program in random order and each made similarity judgements based on their own dream content. These ratings were discussed, and a consensus decision was also recorded based on a combination of individual ratings. Once these judgements were recorded the target clip was revealed by the program and any correspondences discussed for closure.
Presented at the “62nd Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association” on July 4, 2019, Paris, France; program chaired by Ramses D’Leon. Download the Abstracts at https://www.parapsych.org/articles/37/483/2019_pa_convention_abstracts_of.aspx
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Published on June 4, 2021