Extrasensory perception (ESP) is your mind’s ability to perceive information via other means other than physical senses. Sometimes it is referred to as the sixth sense. This term was adopted by a psychologist in the Duke University to denote some psychic abilities like clairvoyance clairaudience and telepathy.
During the 1930s, J.B Rhine was a psychologist at Duke University, North Carolina. Together with his wife Louisa Rhine, they developed a set of cards to test extrasensory perception. These cards were originally termed to as Zener cards and resembled normal playing cards. The cards consisted of five signs which today are known as ESP symbols. These signs were a circle, a five pointed star, a plus sign, a set of three wavy lines and a square.
In Rhine’s card experiment, the receiver was to call or guess the order of symbols on each card which were randomly arranged in a pack of 25 ESP cards. It is obvious that the probability of calling the right card symbol is one in every five cards. Initially they used hands to shuffle the cards. Machines, random number tables and computers were later used.
Rhine used the cards to test for various forms of extrasensory perception. In Rhine’s telepathy experiment the receiver had to guess the symbols while the sender looked at them. To investigate clairvoyance, the receiver had to guess while the cards were hidden from both the receiver and the sender. To investigate precognition, the card’s order was determined after all the guesses were made.
One of major advantages of using ESP cards was that statistics could be used to determine the whether the number of hits obtained is higher than would be expected by chance.
Some of his early experiments faced serious criticism. They argued that statistics were unsound and that ESP was unquestionably a physical impossibility. Rhine accepted some of these criticism and used them to improve some of his experiments.
This following test is based on the Zenner card test. Since the shape is not selected until after you have made your choice, this is a test of your ability to predict future events or possibly psychokinesis. The accuracy of the result increases with the number of guesses that you make. The significance level is determined by a formula that was used with the Zenner tests. Less then 1.96 indicates no psychic ability. 1.96 to 2.58 indicates some psychic ability. 2.58 to 3.00 indicates significant psychic ability. Greater then 3.00 indicates very significant psychic ability.
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