Electromagnetic 'Psychokinesis'

Title Electromagnetic 'Psychokinesis'
Experimenter Paul Stevens
Context Theories of psi: parallels between psychokinesis and electromagnetic field effects.
Period March 1997 - ongoing
Psi phenomenon Micro-psychokinesis
Dependent Vars REG output (mean number and variance of bits)
Number of Ss N/A
Description This study looks at the effects of weak (smaller than 500 mG ) electromagnetic fields on a typical Zener-diode based random event generator (REG). Conventionally, we would expect the REG to be unaffected by all but the strongest fields, whereas the author predicts a difference in the variance of the REG when comparing different applied fields to the baseline condition of no applied field. This prediction was based on the hypothesis that psi is itself related to electromagnetic waves, and that those fields act to modify the random activity of semiconductor materials. A simple computer simulation of the effect of a perturbation of a system whose random activity was based on the fluctuations of an underlying electromagnetic field was constructed., This simulation showed a large decrease in the variance of the output in the presence of a periodic perturbation. In a double-blind, computer controlled study, the REG will be placed in a pair of Helmholtz coils, and exposed to a random order of electromagnetic fields. These fields will be of 500mG, 250mG, 10mG or 0mG flux density, and of 30 seconds duration. Once initiated, each complete experimental session lasts for 12 hours (1440 trials). Analyses (t-tests) will be made of the mean number of bits and of the mean variance for the field vs. no field conditions. Analyses of variance will be performed looking for effects of the different flux densities, and of the role of the geomagnetic field (which has similar flux densities but much lower magnitude changes).
  • In an applied field, the REG output would show a decreased:
    • number of events.
    • variance.
  • Irrespective of the experimentally applied electromagnetic field, geomagnetic field activity show a relationship with the REG output based on:
    • mean number of events
    • variance