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Journal of Parapsychology


MANAGING THE TARGET POOL BANDWIDTH:
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OSSIBLE NOISE REDUCTION FOR ANOMALOUS COGNITION EXPERIMENTS

By Edwin C. May, S. James P. Spottiswoode, and Christine L. James

Science Applications International Corporation
Cognitive Sciences Laboratory
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Palo Alto CA 94301

Lantz and colleagues recently reported in the first of two studies that experienced receivers from the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory produced significant evidence for anomalous cognition (AC) of static targets but showed little evidence for AC of dynamic targets. This result was surprising: It was directly opposite to the results that were derived from the 1994 Bem and Honorton ganzfeld database. In Lantz et al.'s experiment, the topics of the dynamic targets were virtually unlimited, whereas the topics for the static targets were constrained in content, size of cognitive elements, and range of affect. In a second experiment, they redesigned the target pools to correct this imbalance and observed significant improvement of AC functioning. We incorporate these findings into a definition of target-pool bandwidth and propose that the proper selection of bandwidth will lead to a reduction of incorrect information in free-response AC.

 

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