Extrasensory Perception: Pseudoscience?
A Battle at the Edge of Science
Department of Art & Art History
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo
The overall purpose of this case study is to teach students to be skeptical of scientific claims, particularly those that are sensational and fall outside the boundaries of normal scientific explanation. Students read the case and then evaluate information to determine whether they believe there is enough scientific evidence to confirm the existence of extrasensory perception. The case was developed for use in an introductory science or psychology course, but would also be appropriate for courses in human biology in which the nervous system is explored.
- To teach students to be skeptical of sensational “scientific claims."
- To evaluate information and data to determine whether there is enough scientific evidence to confirm ESP’s existence.
KeywordsExtrasensory perception; telepathy; clairvoyance; precognition; psychokinesis; paranormal; Ganzfeld procedure; experimental design; K.E. Zener; J.B. Rhine
Topical AreasScientific argumentation, Scientific method, Pseudoscience
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Type / MethodsDirected, Demonstration
Subject HeadingsScience (General) | Psychology |
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