Sally Perkins – According to a Gallup survey, only 26 percent of Americans believe in clairvoyance, or the power to predict the future. This is because we live in a world of skeptics and scientists. The world we live in questions phenomena unless they have hard proof of how it exists and why. However, scientific proof for psychic abilities does exist. Some experiments have given proof to the phenomenon and here are some of them.
Sixth Sense to Predict Cards
In 1934, the Boston Research for Psychic Research published one of the first experiments to prove the existence of a sixth sense. Conducted by Joseph Banks Rhine at Duke University, the study looked at how well subjects could predict what card would appear next in a deck of shuffled cards. In one experiment, 2,400 guesses were made with 489 of them being correct. This is more than twice as many than mere chance alone.
Psychic Word Play
One of the most famous psychology papers to make the case for scientific psychic ability was written in 2011 by Daryl Bem, a social psychologist at Cornell University. In this study, Bem asked participants to read a list of 48 words and then immediately write down the ones they could remember. Then, he gave each subject a random set of words from the list and asked them to type them into a computer. This experiment put the recall session before the practice session, and flopped many typical experiments.
The results of the study showed that students were better at recalling words in the first test that they would see later in the practice session than words they wouldn’t see later on. Basically, the subjects were better at recalling words that they predicted would be asked of them in the future.
What’s Behind the Curtain?
Bem devoted his career to studying psychic abilities and during 2011 he conducted another experiment proving the capability. In this study, subjects were shown two images of curtains. They were told that behind one curtain was an image and behind the other was a blank screen. The subjects then had to pick which curtain they believed contained the image. There were a group of participants who received erotic pictures behind the curtain and another group that didn’t.
The results showed that the group that were looking for non-erotic images were right about 49.8 percent of the time, which is close to chance. However, the group with erotic images were accurate 53.1 percent of the time.
There have been many scientific studies to investigate the phenomenon of psychic powers. Some of these have proven the theory for the ability. However, these have only provided statistical significance rather than an overwhelming burden of proof needed by many skeptics.