Projects by IONS Fellow Rupert Sheldrake, PhD*
The Joint Attention Test
Can you tell when someone is looking at the same photo you are?
Joint attention is the shared focus of two or more individuals on the same object. Detecting the direction of another person’s gaze plays a major role in establishing joint attention. The purpose of this research is to find out if joint attention involves a kind of mental resonance that can be felt by people looking at the same thing, even if they are many miles apart.
This experiment requires two people and takes less than five minutes to complete. One of you registers a group name, then you both log in at a prearranged time. In each of 12 trials you’ll be randomly shown either the same picture or different ones. After 10 seconds, you’ll be asked “Was your partner looking at the same picture?” In half the trials you’ll do the guessing while your partner concentrates on the image, then in the second half you’ll reverse roles.
Take the Joint Attention Test
Waking Before Alarm Clocks Go Off
Have you ever woken just before your alarm clock goes off? What about waking before unscheduled disturbances?
IONS Fellow, Rupert Sheldrake, is conducting exciting new research around this common but mysterious phenomenon, which may be a form of pre-sentiment precognition. He is interested in hearing from those who have had experiences of waking just before unexpected alarms, such as fire alarms, or any other unscheduled disturbance. Watch a brief (4 min) video about the experiment and learn how you can participate by sharing your own experiences.
*Please note that these projects are not being overseen by a research ethics committee.
Projects by IONS Fellow Peter Bancel
The Psi@Home project connects volunteers from around the world with researchers investigating psi – those familiar, yet furtive, experiences such as premonitions and synchronicities that defy scientific explanation to this day. Research studies of psi effects are often carried out in laboratory settings with volunteer subjects. However, the necessity of traveling to the lab limits who can participate. The Psi@Home project uses a downloadable app that allows people to participate in psi experiments in their own home, at any location, and at any time.
Psi@Home is currently seeking volunteers for several distinct cohorts. If you would like to learn more about becoming a cohort member, further information is available at this website. We hope you will consider participating. Participation is easy and fun. It’s also a way that you can help researchers broaden the horizons of science.