Psi, perception without awareness and False Recognition

Wilson, Stuart (2002) Psi, perception without awareness and False Recognition. The Journal of Parapsychology, 66 (3). pp. 271-291. ISSN 0022-3387

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This article describes 2 experiments aimed at bringing comparisons between perception without awareness (PWA) and psi up to date. Experiment la is a replication of an established effect in the field of PWA. Participants ( aged 17-39 yrs) were presented with a list of nouns before taking part in an old/new recognition test. If a new test word was preceded by a biasing stimulus consisting of the same word for 50 ms, participants tended to classify the new word as "old." This is known as the false recognition effect. Experiment lb attempted to obtain a similar effect using psi as a biasing stimulus. Random new words were displayed to a sender, who attempted to induce false recognition in the receiver by influencing them to respond "old." No significant effect was found, although a nonsignificant gender interaction was observed. Results are discussed and future directions are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Psychology and Sociology
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2010 12:23
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 15:38


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