Master's Theses

Date of Award

1979

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

John Gurski

Abstract

A free-response test of ESP was conducted to test Tart’s application of learning theory to the ESP process. The method used was target picture retrieval with immediate feedback given as to correctness of response following each target picture being sent to the subject by a teammate. Honorton’s Binomial Response Code was used to judge the response given. This consisted of 10 binomial categories being set up to which the subject could signify the absence or presence of content in the picture being sent to him. Subjects served as their own control in an earlier session where no feedback was presented. Two of the ten subjects obtained scores significantly higher when feedback was presented. None of the subjects showed a significant decline in scores with the application of feedback. These results corresponded with predictions Tart made concerning the addition of feedback and with other studies conducted which showed that feedback can increase scoring an ESP tests for some subjects.

Rights

Copyright 1979 Barbara Giebel

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