Reenacting the Ganzfeld Experiment: Is ESP Real?

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Updated on Dec 07, 2011

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.

Research Question:

  • 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
  • Blindfold
  • Lamp
  • Red light bulb
  • Headphones
  • White noise recording
  • Stopwatch
  • Notebook for recording results

Experimental Procedure

  1. Choose a “receiver” and a “sender.”
  2. 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.
  3. Ask the sender to select a “target” that will be sent to the receiver.
  4. For 30 minutes, ask the sender to observe the receiver and try to mentally send an image of the chosen target.
  5. Ask the receiver to describe everything that he or she sees over the course of the 30 minutes.
  6. Record everything the receiver describes in a notebook.
  7. After 30 minutes, take the receiver out of sensory deprivation and present him or her with a selection of 4 possible “targets.”
  8. Ask the receiver to choose the item that best resembles what he or she saw during sensory deprivation.
  9. Record whether the receiver identified the correct target.
  10. 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.
  11. 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: “Ganzfeld Experiment.”

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