Psi may look like luck

13th - 17th August, 2008 - 51st Annual Parapsychological Association Convention held in conjunction

                                         with the Society for Psychical Research Winchester, UK


Forthcoming Talks:

August 2009:

Liberté, légalité, éternité 

September 2009:  

Luck, Psi and Belief in the Paranormal

Altered States, Imagery and Healing



Psi-verts and Psychic Piracy

Brazilian Psi and Altered States Conference: A Review


Paranormal Phenomena and Psychoactive Drugs

Species Connectedness and Psychedelics 

Parapsychology and Psychedelics

Inner Paths to Outer Space

Entheogenic Entity Encounters 

Inducing Near-Death Experiences with Chemicals

Psychonautic Misadventures in Time

Obituary: Duncan Blewett

Tribute: Albert Hofmann 

An Interview

A Preliminary Survey

Paranormal Experiences and Psychoactive Drugs

Paranormal Phenomena and Psychoactive Drugs

Parapsychology: Magic and Science:

A Magical Perspective on Parapsychology

A Parapsychological Perspective on Magic


Recent Talks:

Liberté, légalité, éternité

Death, and the God of a Thousand Eyes

Psychology and Superstition

Pagan Entheogens

Hofmann, LSD & Parapsychopharmacology

The Neurochemistry of Psi

Entoptics: More Than Meets the Eye?

Parapsychology: Science of the Future or the Past? 

Death, and the God of a Thousand Eyes 

Luck as a Euphemism for Psi?

Does Psilocybin Cause Psi? 

Death and the God of a Thousand Eyes 

Death, and the God of a Thousand Eyes

The Neurochemisty of Psi 

Psi may look like luck 

Testing for Precognition

Entheogens: The Religious /Paranormal Bridge

Sacramental Plants and Psi

The Shaman, The Vision and the Brain

Visionary Encounters and Neurochemical Mythology

Psychedelics, Parapsychology and Exceptional Human Experiences

DMT Entities: Deities or Delusion?

Research in Parapsychology: Academic Studies of Magical Phenomena

Superstition, Magic and States of Mind

You Never Know Your Luck: The Psychology of Superstition

Psi may look like luck: Perceived luckiness and beliefs about luck in relation to precognition

Dr. David Luke, Prof. Deborah Delanoy & Dr. Simon Sherwood


Smith (1998) has shown that different people use the term “luck” to mean different things, some of which might be used euphemistically to account for psi experiences. However, previous luck-psi experiments have only measured perceived personal luckiness (PPL) without investigating what participants actually mean by the term luck when they say that they are lucky, so luck beliefs were also investigated in relation to psi in this study using the Questionnaire of Beliefs about Luck (QBL). The literature on psi and luck indicates that luck might best be understood by Stanford’s model of ‘psi-mediated instrumental response’ (PMIR). A non-intentional, PMIR-type, precognition experiment with static fractal images as decoys and targets was run with 100 participants and utilised erotic images as a psi incentive, and a boring vigilance task as a psi disincentive. The degree of incentive/disincentive changed incrementally in proportion to psi task performance. The results seemingly indicate an overall precognition effect and the significant correlation of several luck belief variables with psi. The findings support the suggested relationship between luck and psi but further investigations should consider beliefs about luck not just perceived luckiness.

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