rashly inviting incredulity upon a field
research only just emergingfrom the shadow of the gruelling criticism incident to its first impact ona psychological world unprepared with theory for its explanation andacceptance.
situation therefore warrants a word
clarification onthe conditions of this step.
investigation is reported in a somewhat altered spiritnoticeable in those engaged in these researches.
is born perhaps
reaction to the unduly subjective and affective attitudes prevailingamong the most outspoken critics.
new spirit is one not so much
a desire for less waste
effort in useless argument.
reader is notasked to
but he is earnestly invited to
he cannot himself help to test these hypotheses,
offer constructive suggestions for better test-procedures, he should await the
those who can.
must come ultimately from the laboratories, not from public disputation."
brief, less speculation, moreexperiment!
new series is launched, then, with a plea for greater objectivity and for recourse to more actual investigation instead
the dogmatism and ridicule which have been the rule in the history of this subject.
the ,vhole, psychologists
today have shown a reasonableamount
open-mindedness and a willingness to consider, though inproperly
fashion, the results of the
hastily composed critiques running through the journals is not, as
can judge, representative
the leadership inpsychological thought today.
leadership is (happily for all newdevelopments) a more careful and tolerant one.
position of the
research on the issue of sensory cues, whichwas summarized in the December
carried further not onlyby the report on precognition tests but
Stribic reportwhich is based entirely upon work with the screened
and that of
reinforced on this aspect
excellent final series with the use
is worthwhile to draw attention here to the fact
with but oneexception all the research reported in this
has been safeguarded on the question
sensory cues by the presence
a substantialseriesof tests with screened cards,
a distance,or in sealed opaqueenvelopes.
one exception, like the personal account contained in
e anonymous letter published herewith, consisted
the experimenter hlmse as the
e subject tested.
the adequacy of the research personnel, onewhich looms in importance by contrast as the other alternatives to
fade from the present picture, the addition of another college
to the thirteen which had earlier contributed confirmatory evidence inpublication to the
hypothesis,is a point
course, no statistics of personnel sufficiency, but there
research as in other fields
in numbers.Since scientific eminence in the experimenter weighs
science, it is a handicap not to be able to add thename of the distinguished
the anonymous letter publishedherewith, which reports a substantial series
tests confirmatoryof that mode of perception.
intrinsic value of the
analysisof the results however is in itself worthy
publication.\Vhile it is
main statistical procedures have been giventhe stamp
approval by those most qualified to know. there are stillproblems of that nature to be solved in adapting the e'rdluative methodsmore closely to the research needs, both present
Greville and Greenwood serve this latter
They determine forthe investigators their margins of safety in certain analyses
will continue its mathematical section until its needsfor original mathematical developments and special applications
unprecedentedly large empirical check under way nowat Duke University under
Greenwood's direction,inyolving a halfmillion matchings,
furnish material for several studies; and solutions, it is hoped, for several problems.
case of the Latvian girl
low intelligence rating,Ilga K., has
attracted world-,vide interest on the strength of
von Neureiter's interpretation of the phenomenon as one
careful and balanced analysis
the studies made of this interestingchild adds another variation to the contents of this number.
especially timely in view
the recent rise to attention of the case ofan American child in many ways like Ilga,according to the first reports
the psychologist studying the child. Similarly limited in mentalityand of nearly the same age, the American boy shows a number of simi