Experimental Issues in Parapsychology [para-ac02]

AIPR Advanced Certificate in Parapsychology—Unit Outline

Experimental Issues in Parapsychology [para-ac02]

Scope

  • altered states of consciousness and psi
  • meta-analysis of free-response studies

Essay Topic

Describe a major methodological issue in parapsychology that presents parapsychologists with special problems in their research.

NOTE: Essay must be no longer than 3000 words and formatted in APA-style. (APA stands for American Psychological Association. All the references given below are in APA-style. Please follow that style in your essays.)

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Required Reading

Hyman, R. (2010). Meta-analysis that conceals more than it reveals: Comment on Storm et al. (2010) [PDF]. Psychological Bulletin, 136(4), 486-490.

Storm, L. & Rock, A. J. (2009). Shamanic-like journeying and psi: I. Imagery cultivation, personality, and the picture-identification task [PDF]. Australian Journal of Parapsychology, 9, 165-192.

Storm, L., Tressoldi, P. E., & Di Risio, L. (2010a). Meta-analyses of free-response studies 1992-2008: Assessing the noise reduction model in parapsychology [PDF]. Psychological Bulletin, 136(4), 471-485.

Storm, L., Tressoldi, P. E., & Di Risio, L. (2010b). A meta-analysis with nothing to hide: Reply to Hyman (2010) [PDF]. Psychological Bulletin, 136(4), 491-494.

Optional Reading

Parker, A. (2005). Psi and altered states of consciousness. In M. A. Thalbourne & L. Storm (Eds.), Parapsychology in the 21st century: Essays on the future of psychical research (Chapter 4). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Storm, L., & Rock, A. J. (2009). Imagery cultivation vs. noise reduction: Shamanic-like journeying as a psi-conducive alternative to the Ganzfeld protocol [PDF]. Australian Journal of Parapsychology, 9, 5-31.

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