Using Virtual Reality to Test for Telepathy | David Vernon

Telepathy is one of the most commonly reported psi-type experiences and represents the idea that one person can acquire information relating to the thoughts/feelings/intentions of another from a distance via a non-usual route. Typically, the procedure involves a Sender and a Receiver who are physically separated while the former attempts to relay target information to the latter. Refinements to this paradigm have included placing the Receiver in sensory isolation in an effort to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio of the signal, as seen in Ganzfeld research.

In his paper, published in the Winter Issue of the Journal of Scientific Exploration, David Vernon addressed the feasibility of using a virtual reality (VR) environment to fully immerse the Sender in their experience in an effort to boost the transmission of the target. He will also outline a number of methodological refinements that could help to improve the viability and effectiveness of using VR in psi research.

Dr David Vernon is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), the Bial Foundation and a member of the Parapsychological Association and the Society for Psychical Research. His publications include articles focusing on electroencephalographic biofeedback, creative problem solving and parapsychology, with books exploring techniques to enhance cognitive performance and more recently a textbook on parapsychology.

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Published on January 15, 2022