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This year we continue our “Best of” selections with a look at our favorite books, videos, published research, and online resources. 2019 was a banner year for open access to parapsychology research and education. See all our selections below.
In this groundbreaking study, our good friend and colleague, John Kruth, Executive Director of the Rhine Research Center, designed and developed a closed computer network that ran a set of interactive software-based tasks. The research participants were asked to complete these tasks within a specific amount of time. The interesting bit is that some participants were given a version of the tasks which would intentionally malfunction. The goal was to raise the level of anxiety of these participants as they attempted to complete the tasks. Turns out, the computer network generated more errors during the sessions where participants reported higher levels of anxiousness! So, the next time you are feeling upset because your electronics are misbehaving, maybe it’s time to take a quick break.
You can read the abstract of the paper HERE.
Society for Scientific Exploration
The Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) continued efforts to release its entire video library of conference presentations publicly for free. This collection is an invaluable resource for researchers and the general public. Visit the SSE’s website to learn more about their conferences and publications. Their YouTube channel can be accessed here.
Other Open-Access Resources
The Psi Encyclopedia is a free to access, collection of articles and case studies about psi research, the scientific investigation of psychic phenomena. It’s a work in progress, being created by the Society for Psychical Research in London. [Access it here]
ParaMOOC Series: Free Annual Parapsychology Course
The ParaMOOC Series are massively open online courses (hence, MOOC), offered every January and February on the social media teaching platform, WizIQ.com, and later uploaded to a YouTube playlist. The course, Parapsychology: Research and Education, is dedicated to bringing to the public lectures by researchers, theorists, and scholars who focus on some aspect of the scientific study of psychic phenomena and related topics. In 2015 the series was organized and offered by The Alvarado Zingrone Institute of Research and Education (The AZIRE), a Parapsychology Foundation member organization. From 2016 forward the series was organized by The AZIRE and supported by the Parapsychology Foundation. For more information on upcoming ParaMOOC courses, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journal of Scientific Exploration (JSE)
The JSE is the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the SSE. Since 1987, the JSE has published original research on topics of interest that cover a wide spectrum, ranging from apparent anomalies in well-established disciplines to rogue phenomena that seem to belong to no established discipline, as well as philosophical issues about the connections among disciplines. In 2019 the JSE became Open Access, Current and back issues can be accessed here.
Threshold: Journal of Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies (TJICS)
Founded in 2017, TJICS is a free, online-only, open access, peer-reviewed journal that disseminates information focusing on interdisciplinary studies of consciousness as it relates to dying, death, and what comes next. Articles include original research, review articles, research briefs, conference presentations, education and training aids, essays, editorials, case studies, and book reviews. Specific content is tailored to meet the needs of practitioners, clinicians, scientists, and the general public. TJICS is a publication of the Windbridge Research Center and is 100% supported by donations. Current and back issues can be accessed here.