The Ganzfeld Experiment and ESP

The “Ganzfeld Experiment” was introduced to experimental psychology during the 1930s. The aim of the experiment was to test for PSI – or anomalous processes of sensory information. The term “Ganzfeld” is a German word that means “entire field”. The experiments were essentially designed to test the existence of a sixth sense – so it’s not hard to see why sensory deprivation exercises developed from these experiments.

During the Ganfeld Experiment a subject, known as a “receiver”, would be isolated into a dark room. Translucent ping pong balls were cut in half and taped to their eyes. A red flood light illuminated the room. Headphones secured to their ears bombarded them with white noise. The receivers were deprived of normally functioning senses to force them to use a subconscious sense to interpret the world around them.

Another subject, known as the “sender”, would concentrate on a select image in another room. Researchers wanted to learn if the receiver could receive telepathic communications and visualize the image that the sender was focusing on.

The experiment concluded with the receiver attempting to properly identify the image that was being telepathically communicated. They were presented with 4 images, which through guess work alone had a 25% chance to be accurate. Correctly identifying the image was known as a “hit”.

Charles Honorton

Through 42 experiments conducted from 1974-1982, the hit rate was 33 percent. This is statistically significant, and it was enough for Charles Honorton – an American Parapsychologist – to conclude that a anomalous process of sensory information did exist. Unsurprisingly, the methods employed in the study were scrutinized for not employing optimal protocols and contained insufficient documentation. Ray Hyman, a psychologist, criticized the flaws in randomization for choice target and judging procedure. It seems the success of these experiments fueled legitimate intrigue into the possibility of remote viewing.

I’ve been researching astral projection and remote viewing to better understand its history and how it received funding of 20 million dollars through formerly classified CIA experiments. Astral Projection is a communication method employed by the “Mountain Cult” in my upcoming short film “Doctor with the Red Houseware.” I’ll post a link to my trailer at the bottom and my sources directly below. I am not a historian, nor a documentarian. I simply drink a lot of coffee, walk in a lot of circles, then write down the results of that journey.

  1. Bem, D. J. (1996). Ganzfeld phenomena. In G. Stein (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the paranormal (pp. 291-296). Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books