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parapsychology

 [par″ah-si-kol´ŏ-je]
the branch of psychology dealing with psychic effects and experiences that appear to fall outside the scope of physical law, e.g., telepathy and clairvoyance.

par·a·psy·chol·o·gy

(par'ă-sī-kol'ŏ-jē),
The study of extrasensory perception, such as thought transference (telepathy) and clairvoyance.

parapsychology

(păr′ə-sī-kŏl′ə-jē)
n.
The study of the evidence for psychological phenomena, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis, that are inexplicable by science.

par′a·psy′cho·log′i·cal (-sī′kə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
par′a·psy·chol′o·gist n.

parapsychology

[-sīkol′əjē]
Etymology: Gk, para + psyche, mind, logos, science
a branch of psychology concerned with the study of alleged psychic phenomena, such as clairvoyance, extrasensory perception, and telepathy.

parapsychology

A field that attempts to apply scientific methods to studying “paranormal” phenomena which are unexplained by natural laws and principles of the physical universe (e.g., clairvoyance, precognition, telekinesis, telepathy).

par·a·psy·chol·o·gy

(par'ă-sī-kol'ŏ-jē)
The study of extrasensory perception, such as thought transference (telepathy) and clairvoyance.

parapsychology

The attempted study, by scientific methods, of a range of real or imagined phenomena not explicable by science. The subjects of parapsychology include EXTRASENSORY PERCEPTION, telepathy, clairvoyance, spoon-bending and the movement of objects without physical force (telekinesis). The history of science has been a long and painful struggle to escape from the realms of magical thinking and superstition and many scientists are concerned at the possible dangers of conferring a kind of respectability and plausibility on matters which they consider to be without scientific basis.

parapsychology,

n the scientific study of psychic or psionic (‘psi’) phenomena, including extrasensory perception, precognition, psychokinesis, and telepathy.
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A very promising research area in parapsychology is that psi may be better detected by unconscious measures.
1 see no direct implication for parapsychology coming from Braude's Chapter 5 discussion of multiple personality and moral responsibility, so I will merely commend this chapter to you for its insight into explanation of multiple personality, which also sets the stage for a discussion of human abilities.
The opening of my own mind to parapsychology was occasioned by reading accounts of the scrupulously controlled experiments on extrasensory perception carried out over many years by Rhine at Duke University.
We, the joint authors of this paper, do, however, differ in our opinions somewhat concerning the proportion of the results in parapsychology that can be attributed solely to experimenter psi (emphasised by Millar) and the proportion that can be attributed to the participants (emphasised by Parker).
We know of the time he spent with Rhine at the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory.
Irwin notes that registration onto a parapsychology course might reflect personal tendencies toward magical thinking or religious convictions that variously promote or prohibit psi phenomena.
McLuhan does not neglect the problems of scientific parapsychology, such as the commonly mentioned inability of mainstrearm scientists to replicate parapsychology experiments in their laboratories, and he does not fail to mention the well-known cases of fraud, such as the Creery sisters, S.
Because of the well-known prejudice against parapsychology among academics in mainstream scientific fields, especially psychology, professors or researchers in such fields often risk reprisals from their universities or research institutes or damage to their professional reputations if they are identified as having published anything favorable to parapsychology.
Ian Stevenson is best known both within and outside parapsychology for his field studies of what he called cases of the reincarnation type, but these form only a part of his life-long struggle to understand how the mind and body relate to one another.
In fact, the controversial nature of parapsychology makes those methodological points of special relevance.