TITLE

HUMAN ELECTRODERMAL RESPONSE TO REMOTE HUMAN MONITORING: CLASSIFICATION AND ANALYSIS OF RESPONSE CHARACTERISTICS

AUTHOR(S)
Stevens, Paul
PUB. DATE
December 2000
SOURCE
Journal of Parapsychology;Dec2000, Vol. 64 Issue 4, p391
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract: This study reanalyzed datasets from 2 past studies and attempted to identify some characteristics of human electrodermal reactions to remote monitoring by another human, an aspect of direct mental interaction with living systems (DMILS) research. The objectives were (a) to see if an electrodermal DMILS response was similar to a sensory response and, if not, to see if there were any useful characteristics that could be used to identify the former and (b) to compare the electrodermal response seen in DMILS with that seen in reaction to a weak magnetic field, allowing exploration of potential mechanisms or physiological response systems that might produce the observed DMILS effects. No electrodermal activity (EDA) was observed that was obviously comparable to a sensory response, and there was no evidence of a consistent difference between activate and calm periods. Consistent between-participant differences were noted when comparing DMILS responsiveness to resting EDA. A consistent scale-invariant pattern was found based on the variance of EDA, showing significant differences between any type of influence attempt and rest periods (p<0.01 and p<0.0002, 2-tailed). This pattern was also seen in the magnetic field exposure data, possibly indicating similarities between DMILS and magnetic response mechanisms.
ACCESSION #
4203750

 

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