|Reference code: ||PT/FB/BL-2004-109.02|
|Location: ||SEC PCA - 109/04|
|Extra-sensory perception under the condition of continuous sensory feedback (CSF) to the agent|
|Publication year: ||2010|
This experiment is a computerized conceptual replication of the classical Brugmans, Heymans, and Weinberg study of 1920. The basic idea is that the agent may modify his mental picture according to the actions of the percipient which he monitors continuously. The experiment is to test the hypothesis that this constant feedback would lead to an improved overall performance even with subjects that are not known as being
specifically gifted. The results are to be analyzed in respect of correlations to different personality traits.
The experiment is run on two notebook computers, located in not adjacent rooms, linked together by a WLAN. The program displays on both screens a grid divided into 36 rectangles. An RNG selects the target rectangle, highlighted on the agent’s computer only. The agent tries to ‘influence’ the percipient (or the percipient tries to pick up the agent’s mental picture). The percipient will move his mouse pointer to what he feels is the target rectangle; the actual trial is finished by mouse-click. The pointer of the percipient’s mouse is displayed all the time on the agent’s screen, permitting him to monitor the percipient’s movements and to change his own intention how to influence the percipient accordingly.
Subjects came in pairs with an emotional bond. Prior to the experiment, they had to fill in various questionnaires.
Following a pilot experiment during which several variations have been tested (number of rectangles, mouse pointer of percipient visible or not, feedback after single trial or not, etc.) a total of 52 pairs of subjects has undergone the experiment that makes a total of 5597 single trials scoring 180 hits (vis-à-vis an expectation of <160). No decline effect (quarter distribution) could be established.
The experiment yielded positive results albeit far away from the scores of the original Brugmans experiment (yet further analysis is needed). Frequent break-downs of the Java applet (clustering only with certain subjects) may indicate PK effects on the software.
It is planned to present the results at convention of the Parapsychological Association first and to get them published in one of the PA’s affiliated journals thereafter.
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|Fleck, G., Neuwirth, E., Schutz, H. G., Bedenicec, H.|
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|Mulacz, P., Fleck, G., Neuwirth, E., Schutz, H. G., & Bedenicec, H. (2010). Extra-sensory perception under the condition of continuous sensory feedback (CSF) to the agent. In Aquém e além do cérebro. Behind and beyond the brain. Proceedings of the 8th Symposium of Fundação Bial (p. 192). Porto: Fundação Bial.|
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|Keywords: ||Telepathy / Sensory feedback / Conceptual replication|
Extra-sensory perception under the condition of continuous sensory feedback (CSF) to the agent