2020 Vol. 84(2) 227-253
Etzel Cardeña, Ph.D.
Jakob, M-J., Dechamps, M. C., and Maier, M. A. (2020). Journal of Parapsychology, 84, 227-253.
You Attract what You Are:
The Effect of Unconscious Needs on Micro-Psychokinesis
Marissa-Julia Jakob Moritz C. Dechamps Markus A. Maier
Quantum-based psychophysical correlation models offer an attractive framework for predicting mind-matter interactions. We report a test of such interactions in the form of observer effects on quantum-based random number generator (QRNG) outcomes. Speciﬁcally, we tested the inﬂuence of certain motive states on related stimulus presentations chosen by the QRNG. Deviations from randomness were expected among participants exhibiting high incongruence (HI) characteristics but not among those who exhibited low incongruence (LI). Our ﬁrst experiment, testing the effects of three psychological needs—attachment, self-esteem protection, and control— with a Bayesian analysis yielded anecdotal evidence for H1 only for self-esteem-related stimuli within the HI group. The second experiment was a selective continuation of the promising self-esteem protection condition, exploring the further sequential course of evidence for H1 and its oscillation over time. Our criterion for conﬁrming H1 was initially reached in the target group. Shortly thereafter, a decline to a ﬁnal result of anecdotal evidence for H1 occurred. To test the systematic trend in the data against chance ﬂuctuations, further post hoc analyses comparing the maximum Bayes Factor, the curve’s energy, and frequency spectrum analysis between both groups to 10,000 simulations were performed. These analyses indicated that the HI subsample’s data differed signiﬁcantly from chance ﬂuctuations, whereas the LI subsample’s data did not. In sum, the results suggest that core affectively laden subconscious beliefs can manifest through volatile yet statistically detectable deviations from quantum randomness when precisely triggered by an adequate task.
micro-psychokinesis, mind-matter, quantum measurement, intentional observation