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DocumentFinal report - A study of heterogeneity in parapsychological databases2018

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-2014
Location: BF-GMS
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-308
Location: BF-GMS
308 - A study of heterogeneity in parapsychological databases
Duration: 2015-06 - 2018-05
Peter Amalric Bancel
Institution(s): Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California (USA), Institut Métapsychique International, Paris (France)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Progress report
Final report
Author: Bancel, P.
Number of reproductions:
Meta-analysis / Heterogeneity / Experimenter psi / Selection bias / Parapsychology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-308.01
Location: BF-GMS
Final report - A study of heterogeneity in parapsychological databases
Publication year: 2018
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
A fast, efficient method for modeling and assessing the influence of questionable research practices (Qrps) on meta-analyses is developed. The method is applied to three parapsychological databases to demonstrate how it can be adapted for different cases. The Ganzfeld database allows for a full application. Qrps fail to give an adequate explanation for the Ganzfeld data, thus reinforcing the evidence for psi under this well-established protocol. It provides a stronger conclusion than a prior analysis of Bierman et al. due to significant power improvements. The case of RNG micro-PK meta-analyses shows how limitations in the quality of literature and our understanding of underlying effects can be addressed by Qrp analysis. This was done by leveraging a data subset, as well as the database's large heterogeneity. The evidence for an effect is statistically stronger than for the Ganzfeld data, but analysis assumptions make the case less direct and probably less compelling for those not well familiar with the literature. However, the analysis clearly shows that the 2006 meta-analytic conclusion of Bosch et al. (that publication bias might explain the data) is not viable. It thus clarifies and advances our understanding of RNG experiments. The Global Consciousness Project is a case where the question of Qrp effects is rendered moot by pre-registration. This allows going a step further to ask whether the strong GCP result actually confirms its hypothesis. A detailed analysis introduces a novel, operational definition of goal-oriented effects, and demonstrates that the answer is clearly no. All evidence points to an experimenter selection effect, and contradicts causal explanations based on the hypothesized global consciousness.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Bancel, P.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
Bancel, P. (2018). Final report - A study of heterogeneity in parapsychological databases.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Meta-analysis / Ganzfeld / Heterogeneity / Monte Carlo / QRP

Final report - A study of heterogeneity in parapsychological databases

Final report - A study of heterogeneity in parapsychological databases