The editor of the journal charles judd a psychologist

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“The editor of the journal, Charles Judd, a psychologist at the University of Colorado , said the paper went through the journal’s regular review process. “Four reviewers made comments on the manuscript,” he said, “and these are very trusted people.” All four decided that the paper met the journal’s editorial standards, Dr. Judd added, even though “there was no mechanism by which we could understand the results.” - the empirical research lives up to the standards but we have no way of explaining it but we are publishing it anyway.. but if we can’t explain it why do we publish it? Daryl says that often empirical research runs in front of theory (like physics, math etc) 6 The editor of the Journal Thursday, February 10, 2011
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Psi – anomalous processes of information or energy transfer that are currently unexplained in terms of known physical or biological mechanisms. - 5 categories of PSI and the studies only focus on the last two. some of them we have heard of... Telepathy - transfer of info from one person to another without mediation by any sensory communication Clairvoyance - perception of objects or events that do not provide any stimulus to the known senses, perceiving something that you can’t possibly have sensory access to Psychokinesis - apparent influence of thoughts on biological processes (ex. moving a pencil by thinking it can move) Precognition - a cognitive or affective awareness of a future event. can be conscious or unconscious (an intuition) but not possibly be anticipated through any inferential process. Research involves 9 studies all focusing on this cognitive awareness Premonition - affective or emotional awareness 7 Psi is a controversial subject: Survey of 1100 college profs Something I never thought I would teach: Thursday, February 10, 2011
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Nine experiments designed to test precognition and premonition effects by “time-reversing” several well-established psychological effects so that the individual’s responses are obtained before the putatively causal stimulus events occur. - there are certain well-documented psychological phenomena (ex. priming; making judgments on pleasantness on photos. if you prime them on a pleasant/unpleasant word it will effect how fast they are to make judgments. well-documented effect). He does the priming AFTER the judgment is made and shows that the judgment is made faster . He knows people don’t believe in these ESP phenomena but he noted a survey of over 1000 US profs and the most skeptical are the psychologists while physical scientists are more likley to accept the idea. arts prof’s are more likley. 8 Purpose of the research Thursday, February 10, 2011
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To provide well-controlled demonstrations of psi that can be replicated by independent investigators. he recognizes that there is an empirical challeneg to do whats above. he deciedd to meet this challenge by designing the most simple studies that are done by a computer with experiemters that only debriefs and greets the person. the randomization is all done by the computer and all the people are from the general population who were not pre-selected. no complex fancy paranormal instruments
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  • Winter '11
  • KOESTNER
  • Thursday, extrasensory perception, Precognition

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