Grade Level: 9th to 12th; Type: Social Science
The objective of this experiment is to run a ganzfeld experiment and determine if extrasensory perception (ESP) can be observed.
- Can the phenomenon of ESP be observed during a ganzfeld experiment?
In a ganzfeld experiment, a test subject is placed in a state of sensory deprivation. This technique has been used in the field of parapsychology to test individuals for extrasensory perception (ESP). In this experiment, you will reenact a ganzfeld experiment and evaluate whether ESP is a real phenomenon.
- Test subjects
- Comfortable chair
- Red light bulb
- White noise recording
- Notebook for recording results
- Choose a “receiver” and a “sender.”
- Sit the receiver in a comfortable chair. Place a blindfold over their eyes and have them listen to headphones playing white noise. Direct a red light on the seated receiver.
- Ask the sender to select a “target” that will be sent to the receiver.
- For 30 minutes, ask the sender to observe the receiver and try to mentally send an image of the chosen target.
- Ask the receiver to describe everything that he or she sees over the course of the 30 minutes.
- Record everything the receiver describes in a notebook.
- After 30 minutes, take the receiver out of sensory deprivation and present him or her with a selection of 4 possible “targets.”
- Ask the receiver to choose the item that best resembles what he or she saw during sensory deprivation.
- Record whether the receiver identified the correct target.
- Repeat steps 1 through 9 with many different pairs of people. You may wish to select people that are related or connected in some way.
- How often are the receivers able to identify the target? You would expect to see a success rate of 25%. Do you observe an average success rate that is higher than this?
Terms/Concepts: Ganzfeld experiment, extrasensory perception, ESP
Reference: Wikipedia.com. “Ganzfeld Experiment.”