The field of study concerned with psychological phenomena not explainable by the laws of physics, especially extrasensory perception, telepathy, psychokinesis, precognition, and clairvoyance.
The scientific study of the paranormal, especially extrasensory perception. Many major universities now have separate departments devoted to the study of parapsychology. Perhaps the best known scientific experiments of ESP, telepathy, clairvoyance, and so on, were done in the early part of the twentieth century by Dr. Joseph Rhine and his wife Louisa at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA. The most recent experiments, however, using tighter controls than any ever used in any experiment, are covered by Dr. Dean Radin in The Conscious Universe and Dr. Gary Schwartz in The Afterlife Experiments.
scientific domain dealing with phenomena which cannot be explained by the known laws of physics or biology; the modern equivalent of psychical research.
Literally meaning 'beyond psychology, the term was coined by researcher J.B. Rhine to refer to the experimental and quantitative study of paranormal phenomenon. This term is more widely utilized and accepted than the archaic term of "psychical research" to refer to investigation of the paranormal. See also "transpersonal psychology".