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Investigating the interpretation of conjuring tricks (or "pseudo-psychic demonstrations") as related to framing and paranormal belief

Grant number: 19/01263-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 17, 2019
Effective date (End): October 16, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology
Principal Investigator:Wellington Zangari
Grantee:Gabriel Teixeira de Medeiros
Supervisor abroad: Christopher French
Home Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Goldsmiths, University of London, England  
Associated to the scholarship:16/05208-7 - Construction and validation of Phenomelogical OBE questionnaire: elements, meanings and their role in life experiencers: a quali-quantitative analysis, BP.DR


The present BEPE proposal refers to a six-month period and is part of a doctoral research project in the InterPsi Lab, about the varieties of out-of-body experiences, their meanings and paranormal beliefs. During the first two years the need for a complementary focused approach was identified to understand the cognitive biases associated with the paranormal interpretation of an anomalous experience. Thus, this addition to the original PhD project aims to understand the relationship between anomalous experiences and paranormal belief. The proposal is divided into three main activities. The first concerns quantitative analysis of the suggestibility and magic/paranormal belief/experience data already collected by the contacted research group in London, hopefully resulting in a first paper to be published. The two other activities of this proposal will be concerned in helping collect new data about anomalous experiences and paranormal belief followed by their analysis and subsequent paper writing. This work will help the doctoral candidate to (1) develop his academic skills and (2) prepare for future steps of the doctoral research and data analysis.