Perceptual Control Theory

In this post, I review a single excerpt from page 1 of the above book. The entire book is freely available online. On the basis of page 1, William T Powers’ ‘Perceptual Control Theory’ (PCT) cannot be correct. Dag Forssell explains the provenance of this piece as follows: I have annotated the text to indicateContinue reading “Perceptual Control Theory”

Why ESP can never be found inside the laboratory. A new approach to the investigation of the paranormal

From the Preface [An ESP experiment] “immediately appeals to his [or her] unconscious readiness to witness a miracle, and to the hope, latent in all [people], that such a thing may yet be possible. Primitive superstition lies just below the surface of even the most tough-minded individuals, and it is precisely those who most fight…” Continue reading “Why ESP can never be found inside the laboratory. A new approach to the investigation of the paranormal”

Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire (VVIQ)

What is the VVIQ? The VVIQ is a self-report measure of the clarity and liveliness of visual imagery and, in so doing, aims to evoke images that vary in vividness, ambiance, and feeling as well. The instructions state the following: “Visual imagery refers to the ability to visualize, that is, the ability to form mentalContinue reading “Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire (VVIQ)”

A New Ponzo Illusion (or something more?)

Most visual illusions are produced using carefully contrived drawings or gadgets to fool the visual system into thinking impossible things.  Recently,  waiting at a train station, I encountered a real-life Ponzo illusion. The Illusion The traditional form of the Ponzo illusion is produced by drawing a pair of receding railway lines. The context suggests differentContinue reading “A New Ponzo Illusion (or something more?)”

The Strange Self-Motion Illusion

Anomalous experiences tend to jolt one out of one’s comfort zone, tell us interesting things about how the mind works.  A vivid déjà vu, strange coincidence, or unexpected illusion can all be automatic attention-grabbers.  Some of the oddest experiences are visual. When a large part of the visual field moves, the viewer can momentarily believeContinue reading “The Strange Self-Motion Illusion”

Psychology and the Paranormal

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Thanks for the visit! I approach this blog site with a sense of anticipation, wondering where it may lead… I hope it might lead towards light, new treasure, in the form of new knowledge and theory.   How canContinue reading “Psychology and the Paranormal”