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BIAL Foundation
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DocumentIs joint attention detectable at a distance? Three automated, internet-based tests2016

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2006
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 22 /2006
2006 Grants
Start date: 2007-01 - 2013-11
22 caixas de arquivo

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2006-001
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 14/2006
001 - Automated testing for telepathy using emails and telephone calls
Duration: 2007-10 - 2010-06
Rupert Sheldrake, Pamela Smart, David Luke
Institution(s): Perrot-Warrick Project, London (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
6 Articles (only three as outcome of this project)
Language: eng
Sheldrake, R.
Secondary author(s):
Smart, P., Luke, D.
Number of reproductions:
Parapsychology / Extrasensory perception (ESP) / Telepathy / Precognition

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2006-001.07
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 14/2006
Is joint attention detectable at a distance? Three automated, internet-based tests
Publication year: 2016
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Context: Joint attention is the shared focus of two or more individuals on the same object. Sensory cues, such as detecting the direction of another person's gaze, play a major role in establishing joint attention. It may also involve a kind of mental resonance that might be felt by the people involved.
Objective: The aim of this study was to find out whether people could feel when another person was looking at the same picture at the same time, even when the participants were many miles apart.
Method: Participants registered online with their names and e-mail addresses, and worked in pairs. After they both logged on for the test they were simultaneously shown one of two photographs, with a 0.5 probability of seeing the same picture. After 20 s they were asked if their partner was looking at the same picture or not. After both had registered their guess, the next trial began, with a different pair of pictures. The main outcome measure was the proportion of correct guesses, compared with the 50% mean chance expectation. This test was symmetrical in that all participants were both "senders" and "receivers."
Results: In the first experiment, with 11,160 trials, the hit rate was 52.8% (P < 1 x 10(-6)); in the second experiment with 2720 trials, 51.3% (P = .09). The third experiment involved music as well as pictures, and with 8860 trials, the hit rate was 51.9% (P = .0003). Some partners were more than 1000 miles apart, but there were no significant effect of distance. Participants who received immediate feedback about whether their guess was right or wrong did not score significantly better than those without feedback.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Sheldrake, R.
Secondary author(s):
Beeharee, A.
Document type:
Number of reproductions:
Sheldrake, R., & Beeharee, A. (2016). Is joint attention detectable at a distance? Three automated, internet-based tests. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 12(1), 34-41.
2-year Impact Factor: 1.363|2016
Times cited: 1|2024-02-07
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q3
Keywords: Automated test / Joint attention / Internet experiment / Mental resonance