The effect of remote emotion on receiver skin conductance:a failure to confirm
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology2008 (English)
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
This study is an attempt to conceptually replicate a study by Ramakers, Stevens and Morris (2005) using a measure of electrodermal activity skin conductance (EDA) to evaluate the possibility of telepathy occurring between biologically and/or emotionally related senders and receivers. Ten negatively valenced and highly arousing target pictures were mixed with 10 blank control pictures in 10 blocks, with one of each kind in each block. The order of presentation of the target and control pictures within the block was determined randomly by a computer program. The series of 20 pictures were shown for the sender on a computer screen. Relaxation for the receiver was facilitated by soft music. It was hypothesized that there would be significantly more variance in the receiver EDA when the sender was exposed to negative arousing pictures, than to blank pictures. The results failed to show a significant difference in EDA variance between negative arousing and blank pictures, and did thus not support the telepathy hypothesis. It was recommended that future replications allocate more time for relaxation for the receiver.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 26 p.
skin conductance, EDA, emotion, telepathy, parapsychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8243OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-8243DiVA: diva2:199883
Westerlund, Joakim, Universitetslektor
Jansson, Billy, vik. universitetslektor