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File035 - Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-EuroAmerican culture2001-032003-03

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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-2000
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 13/2000
Title:
2000 Grants
Start date: 2001-01 - 2014-02
Dimension/support:
13 caixas de arquivo

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2000-035
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2000
Title:
035 - Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-EuroAmerican culture
Duration: 2001-03 - 2003-03
Researcher(s):
Hoyt Edge, Luh Ketut Suryaní
Institution(s): Rollins College, Florida (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Related objects:
PT/FB/BL-2004-116
Author: Edge, H.
Secondary author(s):
Suryani, L. K.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Psychokinesis (PK) / Direct mental interactions with living systems (DMILS) / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation

DocumentFinal report - Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS Study in a non-EuroAmerican culture2003

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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-2000
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 13/2000
Title:
2000 Grants
Start date: 2001-01 - 2014-02
Dimension/support:
13 caixas de arquivo

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2000-035
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2000
Title:
035 - Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-EuroAmerican culture
Duration: 2001-03 - 2003-03
Researcher(s):
Hoyt Edge, Luh Ketut Suryaní
Institution(s): Rollins College, Florida (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Related objects:
PT/FB/BL-2004-116
Author: Edge, H.
Secondary author(s):
Suryani, L. K.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Psychokinesis (PK) / Direct mental interactions with living systems (DMILS) / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2000-035.01
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2000
Title:
Final report - Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS Study in a non-EuroAmerican culture
Publication year: 2003
URL:
http://www.bial.com/fotos/gca/bolsa_3500__mar_08_1205774893.pdf
Abstract/Results: RESULTS:
These two studies employ the cognitive DMILS protocol in Bali, Indonesia, first introduced by Braud, Schafer, McNeill, and Guerra (1995) and replicated by Brady and Morris (1997). The psi task consisted in a person in one room (Helper) facilitating the attention focusing meditation of a person in another room (Helpee). A computer in the Helper’s room randomly selected the order of tasks for the Helper in each pair of periods, (resulting in 8 Help and 8 Control periods). During the Help periods, the Helper focused attention on a lighted candle and intended for the Helpee to increase her focus on a lighted candle in her room, while not meditation during the Control periods. The primary hypothesis, confirmed by both previous studies, was that the sum of button presses (indicating the mind had wandered) in the Control conditions would be significantly greater than in the Help condition. Two studies were carried out in Bali to see whether meditation training had a positive effect on the psi results.
In Study 1, Suryani trained 20 unpaid participants in meditation for two and a half months. Twenty untrained participants brought the total number of participants to 40. These were divided into 10 teams of 4, with two trained and two untrained participants in each group. Each session had 4 runs, one with two trained participants, one with two untrained participants, one with a trained Helper and an untrained Helpee, and one with an untrained Helper and a trained Helpee. The primary hypothesis was supported by there being fewer button presses in the Help condition than the Control condition (t(37)=2.151, p<.025, one-tailed, Cohen’s d=.36, power(at beta=.2)=.33). Analysis suggested that the greatest psi success occurred with trained Helpers and high need untrained Helpees.
Study 2 used 30 unpaid participants meeting the conditions above. 60 runs were carried out, again yielding significant results, t(119)=3.161, p<.005 (one-tailed), d=.21, power = .29. However, the significant results do not seem to have derived from using meditation as a variable.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Edge, H.
Secondary author(s):
Suryani, L. K.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
2
Indexed document:
No
Keywords: Parapsychology / Direct mental interactions with living systems (DMILS)

Final report - Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS Study in a non-EuroAmerican culture

Final report - Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS Study in a non-EuroAmerican culture

DocumentTwo cognitive DMILS studies in Bali2002

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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-2000
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 13/2000
Title:
2000 Grants
Start date: 2001-01 - 2014-02
Dimension/support:
13 caixas de arquivo

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2000-035
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2000
Title:
035 - Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-EuroAmerican culture
Duration: 2001-03 - 2003-03
Researcher(s):
Hoyt Edge, Luh Ketut Suryaní
Institution(s): Rollins College, Florida (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Related objects:
PT/FB/BL-2004-116
Author: Edge, H.
Secondary author(s):
Suryani, L. K.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Psychokinesis (PK) / Direct mental interactions with living systems (DMILS) / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2000-035.02
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2000
Title:
Two cognitive DMILS studies in Bali
Publication year: 2002
URL:
http://apps.webofknowledge.com/full_record.do?product=WOS&search_mode=GeneralSearch&qid=151&SID=Z1T1li1SW9lnlKPlMpq&page=1&doc=1
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Two cognitive DMILS studies were carried out in Bali to pursue the question of whether a controlled experimental test could achieve positive results in a non-industrial culture. The task was to see if one person could help another person be more successful in focus meditation. In the first study, half of the participants were trained in meditation on a lit candle to see if meditation training affected the results. Overall, there were significantly fewer button presses in the Help period as opposed to the Control period, t (34) = 2.16, p < .02, one-tailed, Cohen's r = .35, power = .55. Since the most successful condition resulted from Helpers trained in meditation and Helpees who were not trained and who said that they were easily distracted, we pursued this set of conditions in Study 2. Again, we achieve significant results in the predicted direction, t (52) = 2.24, p < .02, one-tailed, Cohen's r = .30, power = .59. These results suggest that experimental parapsychology can be pursued productively in a nonindustrial culture if carried out in a culturally sensitive way.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Edge, H.
Secondary author(s):
Suryani, L. K., Tiliopoulos, N., Morris, R.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Edge, H., Suryani, L. K., Tiliopoulos, N., & Morris, R. (2002). Two cognitive DMILS studies in Bali. Journal of Parapsychology, 68(2), 289-321.
2-year Impact Factor: 0.516|2002
Times cited: 3|2022-05-18
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q4
Keywords: Parapsychology / Meditation / Experimental test / Direct mental interactions with living systems (DMILS)

DocumentPsi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-EuroAmerican culture2002

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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-2000
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 13/2000
Title:
2000 Grants
Start date: 2001-01 - 2014-02
Dimension/support:
13 caixas de arquivo

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2000-035
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2000
Title:
035 - Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-EuroAmerican culture
Duration: 2001-03 - 2003-03
Researcher(s):
Hoyt Edge, Luh Ketut Suryaní
Institution(s): Rollins College, Florida (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Related objects:
PT/FB/BL-2004-116
Author: Edge, H.
Secondary author(s):
Suryani, L. K.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Psychokinesis (PK) / Direct mental interactions with living systems (DMILS) / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2000-035.03
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2000
Title:
Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-EuroAmerican culture
Publication year: 2002
URL:
http://www.bial.com/pt/fundacao_bial.11/simposios.19/edicoes_anteriores.75/4%C2%BA_simposio.a110.html
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Edge, H.
Secondary author(s):
Suryani, L. K.
Document type:
Conference paper
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Edge, H., & Suryani, L. K. (2002). Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-Euroamerican culture. In Aquém e além do cérebro. Behind and beyond the brain. Proceedings of the 4th Symposium of Fundação Bial (p. 443). Porto: Fundação Bial.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Parapsychology / Direct mental interactions with living systems (DMILS) / Experimental test

Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-EuroAmerican culture

Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-EuroAmerican culture

DocumentPsi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-Euroamerican culture2004

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
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.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
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-2000
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 13/2000
Title:
2000 Grants
Start date: 2001-01 - 2014-02
Dimension/support:
13 caixas de arquivo

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2000-035
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2000
Title:
035 - Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-EuroAmerican culture
Duration: 2001-03 - 2003-03
Researcher(s):
Hoyt Edge, Luh Ketut Suryaní
Institution(s): Rollins College, Florida (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Related objects:
PT/FB/BL-2004-116
Author: Edge, H.
Secondary author(s):
Suryani, L. K.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Psychokinesis (PK) / Direct mental interactions with living systems (DMILS) / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2000-035.04
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 5/2000
Title:
Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-Euroamerican culture
Publication year: 2004
URL:
http://www.bial.com/pt/fundacao_bial.11/simposios.19/edicoes_anteriores.75/5%C2%BA_simposio.a111.html
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
In spite of the great diversity among the world’s cultures, each of them reports parapsychological phenomena; however, few controlled experiments have been performed to test these claims, and these experiments have yielded inconsistent results. Therefore, during 2002-3, two cognitive DMILS studies were carried out in Bali, Indonesia, to test whether an experiment based on a protocol employed in the US and in Scotland could achieve positive results in a very different, non-EuroAmerican culture.
The psi task consisted of one person (Helper) in one room trying to help another person (Helpee) in a second room to achieve success in their focus meditation. Helpees were asked to press a button each time their mind wandered from their focus meditation, and then to commence their focus meditation, again; these presses were recorded on a computer.
Each run consisted of 8 one-minute Help periods randomly counterbalanced with 8 one-minute Control periods. Psi success was measured by comparing the button presses in the Help and Control conditions.
In the first study, half of the forty unpaid participants (ages 23-48, 16 females, and 24 males) were trained in meditating on a lit candle to investigate if meditation training improved psi success in this task. Ten groups of four were run; within each group, meditators and non-meditators were paired in counterbalanced conditions. Significance was achieved overall, with fewer button presses in the Help period as opposed to the Control period, t(37) = 2.151, p < .025, one-tail, Cohen’s d = .36, power =.33). Questionnaires were given to elicit their ability to focus in daily life and during the experiment.
Since the most successful condition resulted from Helpers who were trained in meditation paired with Helpees who were not trained, and who said that they were easily distracted, we pursued this set of conditions in Study 2. Each Helper was a practiced meditator, while each Helpee was not a meditator but was someone who was easily distracted and therefore needed help in focusing. Thirty unpaid volunteers, ages 23-45, participated (16 Females, 14 males). The Study consisted of 60 runs over a five day period. Again, we achieved significant results t(59) = 2.23, p < .02, one-tailed, Cohen’s d = .21, power = .20. These effect
sizes were similar to those in the experiments carried out in the US and Scotland.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Edge, H.
Secondary author(s):
Suryani, L. K.
Document type:
Conference abstract
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Edge, H., & Suryani, L. K. (2004). Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-Euroamerican culture. In Aquém e além do cérebro. Behind and beyond the brain. Proceedings of the 5th Symposium of Fundação Bial (pp. 301-302). Porto: Fundação Bial.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Parapsychology / Experimental test / Direct mental interactions with living systems (DMILS)

Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-Euroamerican culture

Psi in a relational culture: An exploratory DMILS study in a non-Euroamerican culture