psychic phenomena, psychic phenomenon, parapsychology(noun)
phenomena that appear to contradict physical laws and suggest the possibility of causation by mental processes
The field of study concerned with psychological phenomena not explainable by the laws of physics, especially extrasensory perception, telepathy, psychokinesis, precognition, and clairvoyance. The field is controversial, most scientists holding the opinion that the supposed phenomena observed result from poor experimental design, or are mere statistical artifacts or in some cases deliberate fraud.
The study of that which cannot yet be explained; psychic or occult phenomena, such as telepathy and ghosts.
Origin: From para- (after paranormal) + psychology.
The term parapsychology was coined in or around 1889 by philosopher Max Dessoir, and originates from para meaning "alongside", and psychology. The term was adopted by J.B. Rhine in the 1930s as a replacement for the term psychical research. Parapsychologists study a number of ostensibly paranormal phenomena, including telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, near-death experiences, reincarnation and apparitional experiences. Parapsychology research is conducted in some 30 different countries. Laboratory and field research is conducted through private institutions and universities. Privately funded units in psychology departments at universities in the United Kingdom are among the most active today. In the United States, interest in research peaked in the 1970s and university-based research has declined since then, although private institutions still receive funding from donations. While parapsychological research has occasionally appeared in mainstream academic journals, most of the recent research is published in a small number of niche journals. Journals dealing with parapsychology include the Journal of Parapsychology, Journal of Near-Death Studies, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research and Journal of Scientific Exploration.
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Branch of psychology that deals with paranormal behavior and events such as telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance, which are not explicable by present day "natural laws".
The numerical value of parapsychology in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of parapsychology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- parapsicologiaCatalan, Valencian
- parapsicologia, metapsichicaItalian
- pesquisa psi, parapsicologiaPortuguese
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