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Guess what we're thinking... Twitter to test psychic powers in scientific study

 
BLUESTAR
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06/02/2009 06:11 PM
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Guess what we're thinking... Twitter to test psychic powers in scientific study
Have you ever suspected you could be psychic? Now you can find out thanks to an experiment to be conducted through Twitter.
In the first scientific study to use the social messaging service, experts will investigate 'remote viewing' - the psychic ability to identify distant locations.

Thousands of members of the public will be asked to 'Tweet' their impressions of a randomly chosen spot in the UK visited by one of the researchers.

Study leader psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire, who specialises in investigating psychic phenomena, said: 'Personally, I'm sceptical, but three hits would be against odds of one in 125, which would be quite impressive.'

He hopes as many as 10,000 people will take part in the research, being conducted in collaboration with New Scientist magazine.

Prof Wiseman will travel to each target location at 3pm on each day this week and send a message to thousands of participants to 'Tweet' their thoughts about his surroundings.

Twenty minutes after sending this message he will transmit another containing a website address on which participants can view photographs of the actual location and four decoys. They will then cast their votes.

Dr Richard Wiseman has conducted a number of experiments testing psychic powers
'I have staged several mass participation studies over the years, but this is the first to use Twitter,'

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06/02/2009 06:13 PM
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Re: Guess what we're thinking... Twitter to test psychic powers in scientific study
Have you ever suspected you could be psychic? Now you can find out thanks to an experiment to be conducted through Twitter.
In the first scientific study to use the social messaging service, experts will investigate 'remote viewing' - the psychic ability to identify distant locations.

Thousands of members of the public will be asked to 'Tweet' their impressions of a randomly chosen spot in the UK visited by one of the researchers.

Study leader psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire, who specialises in investigating psychic phenomena, said: 'Personally, I'm sceptical, but three hits would be against odds of one in 125, which would be quite impressive.'

He hopes as many as 10,000 people will take part in the research, being conducted in collaboration with New Scientist magazine.

Prof Wiseman will travel to each target location at 3pm on each day this week and send a message to thousands of participants to 'Tweet' their thoughts about his surroundings.

Twenty minutes after sending this message he will transmit another containing a website address on which participants can view photographs of the actual location and four decoys. They will then cast their votes.

Dr Richard Wiseman has conducted a number of experiments testing psychic powers
'I have staged several mass participation studies over the years, but this is the first to use Twitter,'

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