Rhine Research Projects (Last updated November 2015)
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Visualization Training and Real-life Goal Realization
Through a study of numerous research studies in psychology, sports medicine, and parapsychology, a small group of researchers and experiencers will create a training process for the use of meditation and visualization to achieve real-world goals. This process will be taught to a small group of people and evaluated to determine if it is effective in helping people to achieve their personal, pre-set goals. In addition, the study participants will be evaluated on ESP tasks to determine if this method assists in the successful demonstration of ESP in a controlled setting.
Effects of Emotion and Attitude on Electronic Devices
Numerous people have demonstrated effects on electronic devices, and even more people appear to unintentionally influence the behavior of electronics and even random number generators in a controlled setting. This study will examine the effects of emotional situations on a real-world computer system to determine if there is a demonstrated effect on the electronics when a person becomes anxious, irritated, or frustrated. This project is supported by a grant from the BIAL Foundation.
Does Subliminal Feedback Enhance ESP Ability?
Numerous factors have been proposed to accommodate the ability to perform well on ESP tests including meditation, belief, and positive feedback. This study examines whether subliminal positive feedback can enhance the scores of individuals who have previously demonstrated exceptional scores on ESP tests. During an ESP test, the participant will receive an immediate, subliminal auditory response when they make a correct selection. Their scores will be compared with scores from previous tests where they did not receive feedback. This project is supported by a grant from the BIAL Foundation.
Effective Healing Evaluation
Two groups of energy healers meet at the Rhine on a regular basis to learn energy healing methods, practice their techniques, and work with volunteers to assist with their practice sessions. Some volunteers have reported benefits from these sessions, and some have even reported pain relief and the alleviation of long term symptoms. Researchers will work with these healing groups to evaluate the effectiveness of the healing methods using a controlled approach to healing in a laboratory environment.
The Experience of Healing
What is healing? Does it involve more than a physical effect? Is there such a thing as healing the emotional or spiritual systems? How do the healers experience the healing process?
This qualitative study will collect information from a group of healers at the Rhine to learn more about their experiences and to attempt to create a general description of healing from multiple perspectives. The final goal is to understand the healing process and to describe the concept of healing in terms used by healers and patients.
Psychokinesis (PK): Existence, limitations, and mechanisms
Researchers at the Rhine have observed psychokinesis (PK) with a number of different participants in a controlled setting. Effects have been observed repeatedly on an Egley Wheel (a pinwheel device, like a psi wheel, that is commercially produced), and Rhine researchers have not found any physical forces responsible for the observed effects. There is an indication from another lab that there may be physical forces that are affecting this device, and research is continuing to determine what is making the wheel turn.
In addition, one participant has demonstrated a consistent micro-PK effect. This participant is demonstrating effects on random number generators and other electronic systems. The effect is produced on-demand and the results far exceed variations expected by chance. With a participant that can consistently demonstrate this effect, it is possible to begin to explore the nature of this effect and the limitations. Controlled studies are being conducted to determine whether the observed effect is magnetic, electrical, or related to heat or light. These studies are being conducted in the laboratory, but also from a distance of hundreds of miles using a Skype connection.
Examining the Nature of Waking Intuition:
Rhine researchers are reviewing reports to the Rhine of people who experience waking psi. Using complex and established qualitative research methods, they are attempting to develop a specific description of the psi phenomenon and to describe the experience of people who have these spontaneous experiences. Besides historical reports, this group is also collecting new reports through the Rhine website to provide more recent data.