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A controlled long-distance test of a professional medium.

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