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By Montague Ullman (auth.), Stanley Krippner, Mary Lou Carlson, Montague Ullman, Robert O. Becker (eds.)

Montague Ullman the second one quantity of this sequence contains essays on equipment and matters in ESP study (Morris), study findings in ESP (Palmer), and theories of psi (Rao). It therefore enhances the components lined in quantity 1, the 2 volumes taken jointly supplying the reader with a legitimate grounding within the development and achievements of parapsychological learn from its inception to the current day. what's instantly outstanding is the fast raise within the quantity and diversity of experimental stories showing within the final decade and the expanding variety of facilities during which examine is being performed. paintings in parapsychology is relocating towards a broader disciplinary base, using extra innovative know-how, better educational aid, and extra task on a world scale. those are promising indicators of a rapprochement among parapsychological learn and the mainstream of technology. Robert O. Becker, in his preface to quantity 1, holds out the desire that parapsychology will paved the way to a brand new view of the organic or­ ganism, one going past mechanism to "a new imaginative and prescient of the man or woman and his position within the universe" (Becker, 1977). Heavy as this respon­ sibility could be, a cautious interpreting of the current quantity should still convince the reader new view is particularly a lot in order.

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The subject relaxes in an easy chair or bed and a diffuse white or red light source is placed about two feet in front of the subject's eyes. This produces the visual experien'ce of seeing a uniformly colored visual field, a circumstance that many find especially conducive to enhanced visual imagery. The subject may hear white noise or pleasant music or the sound of waves through earphones at the same time. Charlesworth (1975) played subject and agent a synchronized, taped "guided imagery" trip, in which they were asked to picture themselves drifting along a stream in a boat, then getting out, traveling through a pleasant meadow, and having an interesting adventure once the other side was reached.

Dean (1962; Dean and Nash, 1967) gave the agent a stack of 20 note cards, 5 containing names of emotional importance to the subject as of the day of the test, 5 containing comparable names important to the agent, 5 containing names randomly taken from the phone book, and 5 blank. The deck was arranged in random order and placed face down in front of the agent. During the experimental session the agent would turn the cards over at preselected times and concentrate on the name for 20 seconds. The subject, some distance away, was monitored for emotion-related activity throughout the session.

1c. Animal Choice Responses. Choice behavior in animals has been studied mainly by placing the animal in standard laboratory situations in which it can select from among alternative behaviors, one of which leads to a reward or punishment for the animal. Osis and Foster (1953) and Bestall (1962) used simple variants of the T-maze, in which the animal is placed in a start box, then allowed to travel down an alley to the T-intersection, at which point it has its choice of going either to the left arm or to the right.

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