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A Quantitative Study of Trance Personalities

Nature volume 134, page 187 (04 August 1934) | Download Citation



IT is well known that the Society for Psychical Research has for many years studied the variations of personality observed in the mediumistic trance. This has generally been done by means of historico-legal methods, that is, by estimating the evidential value of the statements made by the personalities alleged to be communicating through the medium under observation. This procedure is a perfectly valid one, and it would be entitled to full experimental status if a more reliable method than any used hitherto of computing the value of such free material could be devised. Nevertheless, it is obviously desirable that these trance personalities should be investigated by normal quantitative methods, and to this problem the Society for Psychical Research has now turned its attention.

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