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DocumentCorrelating mediums' accuracy under quintuple-blind conditions with their sensory modality preferences 2020

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-2018
Location: BF-GMS
2018 Grants
Start date: 2019-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-211
Location: BF-GMS
211 - Correlating accurate intuition with learning styles and sensory modality preferences
Duration: 2019-01 - 2021-10
Julie Beischel, Lisa Conboy
Institution(s): Windbridge Research Center, Tucson, Arizona (USA); Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Beischel, J.
Secondary author(s):
Conboy, L.
Number of reproductions:
Mediumship / Accuracy / Learning style / Sensory modality / Parapsychology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-211.03
Location: BF-GMS
Correlating mediums' accuracy under quintuple-blind conditions with their sensory modality preferences
Publication year: 2020
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Although it is possible for anyone to experience communication from the deceased and this experience has been reported across cultures since antiquity, a medium is someone who has this experience regularly, reliably, and often on-demand. Twenty Windbridge Certified Research Mediums have been screened under controlled laboratory conditions for their abilities to report accurate information about the deceased. They then performed phone readings in which they were given the first names of deceased individuals and asked specific questions about verifiable topics regularly conveyed during naturalistic mediumship readings: the deceased's physical appearance when alive, personality characteristics, hobbies or interests, and cause of death. The participants received no further information about the deceased or their associated living counterparts (sitters) and no feedback during or after the reading. The sitter did not hear or participate in the phone reading; a blinded proxy sitter served in their place. Each medium performed two readings for two different deceased people. Formatted items from the readings were scored for accuracy by the associated sitters. Each blinded sitter scored their own target reading and a decoy reading intended for another sitter. This quintuple-blind protocol addresses potential confounding factors as the source of the reported information: fraud, deception, cold reading, cueing, and overly general information. A previously published study compared the accuracy percentages of blinded target and decoy readings (Beischel, Boccuzzi, Biuso, & Rock, 2015). The sections of target readings including the four specific questions listed above received ratings significantly larger than those sections of decoy readings (52.8% +/- 3.9% vs. 36.6% +/- 3.8%, p = .002, d = 0.75, n = 31). The current project aimed to perform a deep reanalysis of accuracy data broken out by each of the four questions (physical description, personality, hobbies, and cause of death) from readings performed by 12 mediums. Scored readings were received from 21 of the 24 sitters. The means for each question type varied (53.9% +/- 5.2%, 67.0% +/- 7.1%, 49.4% +/- 5.5%, 41.3% +/- 6.5%, respectively) but overlapping interquartile ranges established that no significant differences existed. In addition, the 12 mediums' accuracy data was correlated with their scores on three surveys assessing sensory modality preferences and learning styles: the Index of Learning Styles (ILS), the Barsch Learning Style Inventory (BLSI), and the Learning Channel Preference (LCP). No significant correlations were found between accuracy and ILS Active, Reflective, Sensory, Intuitive, Visual, Verbal, Sequential, or Global scores; BLSI Visual, Auditory, or Tactual Preference scores; or LCP Preferred Visual, Auditory, or Haptic Channel scores. Though this sample size was not large, it may be appropriate to conclude that none of the four types of information requested is more or less difficult to acquire or report during a mediumship reading than any other. Further, individual characteristics categorized as learning styles and sensory modality preferences may not impact mediumistic abilities.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Beischel, J.
Secondary author(s):
Conboy, L.
Document type:
Online abstract
Number of reproductions:
Beischel, J., & Conboy, L. (2020, September). Correlating mediums' accuracy under quintuple-blind conditions with their sensory modality preferences. Paper presented at The Science of Consciousness (TSC) 2020, Tucson, Arizona. Abstract retrieved from:
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Mediumship / Accuracy / Learning style / Sensory modality