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DocumentAutomated testing for telepathy using emails and telephone calls2012

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-2006-001.05
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 14/2006
Automated testing for telepathy using emails and telephone calls
Publication year: 2012
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
The purpose of this project was to develop automated tests using emails, SMS messages and telephone calls to find out if subjects could guess at levels above chance who, out of three people, was contacting them.
Subjects registered online giving the names and email addresses or mobile phone numbers of three contacts. In each trial the computer picked one of the three contacts at random and sent her an email or text message asking her to contact the subject through the computer system. The subject was then informed by email, SMS message or phone call that one of the contacts was getting in touch with him, and he had to guess which of the three it was. After guessing he received the message or phone call, and thus received immediate feedback. All details of the trials were automatically recorded and stored in an online database.
In the automated email telepathy tests, in a total of 419 trials there were 175 hits (41.8%), significantly above the chance level of 33.3% (p = 0.0001). There was no significant difference in hit rates with male and female subjects. The highest hit rates were with subjects in the 20-29 age group. In the automated SMS test, in 886 trials there were 336 hits (37.9%), significantly above the chance level (p = 0.001). High-scoring subjects were re-tested in filmed trials, with a hit rate of 44.2%. In the automated telephone telepathy test, in 1917 trials there were 827 hits (43.0%). This figure was very significantly above chance (p <1x10 -9). Again there was no significant difference between male and female subjects. The automated SMS and telephone test were also carried out in a precognitive form, in which subjects had to guess who was about to text or call them before the text or call was made. The random selection of contacts occurred only after they had made their guess. With SMS messages the hit rate was 110 out of 339 trials, 32.4%; and with telephone
calls 240 out of 722, 33.2%, not significantly different from the chance level of 33.3%.
The contrast between the positive results in telepathy tests and non-significant results in the precognition tests shows that the positive effects cannot be explained in terms of precognition. These automated tests provide a simple, replicable way in which telepathy can be tested in real-life conditions. A new automated version of the telephone telepathy test with two contacts rather than three is now available online on my web site
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Sheldrake, R.
Secondary author(s):
Smart, P., Luke, D.
Document type:
Conference abstract
Number of reproductions:
Sheldrake, R., Smart, P., & Luke, D. (2012). Automated testing for telepathy using emails and telephone calls. In Aquém e além do cérebro. Behind and beyond the brain. Proceedings of the 9th Symposium of Fundação Bial (p. 2/63). Porto: Fundação Bial.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Telepathy / Automated tests / Precognition / SMS messages / E-mails / Mobile phone

Automated testing for telepathy using emails and telephone calls

Automated testing for telepathy using emails and telephone calls