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Unit 4(F): Claims of Extrasensory Perception (ESP) Mr. McCormick A.P. Psychology
Do-Now (Discussion) What is Extrasensory Perception (ESP)? Do you believe that it has any psychological credibility?
Claims of ESP Claims of paranormal phenomena (“psi”) include: Astrological predictions Psychic healing Communication with the dead Out-of-body experiences Extrasensory Perception (ESP)
Extrasensory Perception (ESP) Extrasensory Perception (ESP): Controversial claim that perception can occur apart from sensory input Types of ESP: Telepathy Clairvoyance Precognition Psychokinesis
Lack of Credibility of ESP There is little to no empirical evidence of ESP Perceived incidences of ESP: Difficult to replicate May be a result of: Intuitive judgment Chance Confirmation bias
ESP and Law Enforcement In a survey of Police Departments in America’s 50 largest cities: 65% of Police Departments never used a psychic Out of the 35% who did, none found it substantially helpful
Tabloid Psychics of the 1990’s Madonna: To become a gospel singer! Statue of Liberty: Will lose both of its arms in a terrorist blast! Queen Elizabeth: Will abdicate her throne to enter a convent
Test Your ESP! Websites have been designed to test one’s ESP (or guessing skills!)
Parapsychology: Lacking Empirical Evidence Parapsychologist, Rhea White (1998): “The image of parapsychology that comes to my mind, based on nearly 44 years in the field, is that of a small airplane that has been perpetually taxiing down the runway of the Empirical Science Airport since 1882…its movement punctuated occasionally by lifting a few feet off the ground, only to bump back down on the tarmac once again. It has never taken off for any sustained flight.”
Review Differentiate between the following forms of Extrasensory Perception (ESP): Telepathy Clairvoyance Precognition Psychokinesis Why is there little psychological support for ESP?
Homework Unit 4 Sensation Lab Unit 4 Test: “Sensation and Perception” Chapter 5 Outline: “States of Consciousness”