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Testing for forced-choice precognition using a hidden task: two replications

Testing for forced-choice precognition using a hidden task: two replications

Luke, David ORCID: 0000-0003-2141-2453 (2008) Testing for forced-choice precognition using a hidden task: two replications. 51st Annual Parapsychological Association Convention held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Conference, Society for Psychical Research,Winchester, UK. pp. 123-135.

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This paper describes two extended replications of Luke, Delanoy, and Sherwood’s (2008) precognition effect using a covert task with contingent reward or punishment that found performance to be related to belief in luck. In Study 1, 25 participants completed the short-form Questionnaire of Beliefs About Luck (QBL) and then rated the pleasantness of sets of fractal images, which was a covert precognition task. Participants in the contingent condition subsequently completed a pleasant or unpleasant task based on performance; those in the no-contingent condition did not. Overall, participants selected more target images than MCE, t(24) = 2.60, p = .02, but there was no difference between the contingent and nocontingent conditions, t(23) = .73, p = .47. Performance was positively correlated with the Chance and Providence subscales of the QBL (r = .48, p = .02, and r = .39, p = .05 respectively). In Study 2, 32 participants completed Goldberg’s measure of openness to experience, Holt’s Creative Cognition Inventory and Luke et al.’s long-form QBL before taking the contingent version of the covert precognition task. Participants again selected more target images than MCE, t(31) = 2.01, p = .03. We did not replicate earlier correlations between performance and QBL subscales, nor with creativity measures, but there was a significant positive correlation with openness to experience (r = .46, p = .01).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper presented at The Joint Annual Convention of The Parapsychological Association, Inc. (51st) and The Incorporated Society for Psychical Research (32nd), held 13-17 August 2008, University of Winchester, Winchester, UK.
Uncontrolled Keywords: psi, precognition, luck, luckiness, belief, parapsychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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