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Psychics and ESP: The Role of Population Stereotypes


Grimmer, MR and White, KD, Psychics and ESP: The Role of Population Stereotypes, Australian Psychologist, 21, (3) pp. 405-411. ISSN 0005-0067 (1986) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00050068608256918


While ostensibly investigating telepathically sent messages, the present experiment examined subjects' preferred responses, i.e. population stereotypes. Undergraduate students (N = 351) were asked a series of questions such as: “I am thinking of a number from 1 to 10. Write down the first number that comes to mind.” Throughout the series the experimenter thought of, or “sent”, non‐stereotyped answers in order to test for the effects of ESP. While there was no evidence to support the presence of ESP, the expectation that some responses, population stereotypes, would occur with frequencies greater than chance was confirmed. 1986 Australian Psychological Society

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Grimmer, MR (Professor Martin Grimmer)
ID Code:34355
Year Published:1986
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2005-07-27
Last Modified:2005-07-27

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