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A controlled long-distance test of a professional medium.

Jensen, Christian ; Cardeña, Etzel LU orcid and Terhune, Devin LU (2009) In European Journal of Parapsychology 24. p.53-67
Abstract
Abstract in Undetermined
Suitable methods for testing alleged mediums are still debated after
a century of research. In this study a professional medium was
tested using a double-masked, long distance protocol with seven
male sitters who rated how each statement and overall readings
applied to them; they also completed a measure of paranormal belief.
The experimenters rated the specificity of the statements. Statement
specificity was negatively correlated with applicability, whereas
paranormal belief was positively related to overall applicability
ratings, but not to sitters’ ratings of their target reading. No sitter
rated his target reading as the most applicable and the statistical
analysis... (More)
Abstract in Undetermined
Suitable methods for testing alleged mediums are still debated after
a century of research. In this study a professional medium was
tested using a double-masked, long distance protocol with seven
male sitters who rated how each statement and overall readings
applied to them; they also completed a measure of paranormal belief.
The experimenters rated the specificity of the statements. Statement
specificity was negatively correlated with applicability, whereas
paranormal belief was positively related to overall applicability
ratings, but not to sitters’ ratings of their target reading. No sitter
rated his target reading as the most applicable and the statistical
analysis based on the Pratt and Birge (1948) technique did not
support the hypothesis of genuine mediumistic ability. Possible
reasons for these results are discussed as are methodological issues
in the quantitative assessment of mediumship. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Abstract in Undetermined<br/>Suitable methods for testing alleged mediums are still debated after<br/>a century of research. In this study a professional medium was<br/>tested using a double-masked, long distance protocol with seven<br/>male sitters who rated how each statement and overall readings<br/>applied to them; they also completed a measure of paranormal belief.<br/>The experimenters rated the specificity of the statements. Statement<br/>specificity was negatively correlated with applicability, whereas<br/>paranormal belief was positively related to overall applicability<br/>ratings, but not to sitters’ ratings of their target reading. No sitter<br/>rated his target reading as the most applicable and the statistical<br/>analysis based on the Pratt and Birge (1948) technique did not<br/>support the hypothesis of genuine mediumistic ability. Possible<br/>reasons for these results are discussed as are methodological issues<br/>in the quantitative assessment of mediumship.},
  author       = {Jensen, Christian and Cardeña, Etzel and Terhune, Devin},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {53--67},
  series       = {European Journal of Parapsychology},
  title        = {A controlled long-distance test of a professional medium.},
  url          = {http://ejp.wyrdwise.com/EJP%20v24-1.pdf},
  volume       = {24},
  year         = {2009},
}