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Spontaneous Psi Phenomena
Record Type: Review   ID: 1322

The Paranormal: Part I. Patterns

Persinger, Michael A.

 A psychologist at Laurentian University reports on a study in which he applied the method of operational analysis of verbal behavior concerning purported psi experiences. His database consisted of 529 reports published in Fate from 1965 through 1969. Given the fact that spontaneous experiences cannot provide proof of psi, the aim of the study was to show that it may be possible, through analyzing verbal behavior about psi events, "to establish consistencies about the events in the environment and organisms which precede (or come after) the psi experience" (p. 43). Recognition of these patterns can facilitate laboratory investigations of psi. The types of psi phenomena considered are telepathy and clairvoyance, precognition and retrocognition, apparitions, out-of-body experiences and near-death experiences, and postmortem reports. He compares his data with other spontaneous case studies and with parapsychological and psychological laboratory findings.
Publisher Information:New York: MSS Information Corporation, 1974. 248p. Bibliography: 241-248; 1 figure; 16 graphs; 13 tables
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