Predictive minds in Ouija board sessions

Andersen M, Nielbo KL, Schjoedt U, Pfeiffer T, Roepstorff A, Sørensen J (2018)
Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

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Andersen, Marc; Nielbo, Kristoffer L.; Schjoedt, Uffe; Pfeiffer, ThiesUniBi ; Roepstorff, Andreas; Sørensen, Jesper
Abstract / Bemerkung
Ouija board sessions are illustrious examples of how subjective feelings of control the Sense of Agency (SoA) - can be manipulated in real life settings. We present findings from a field experiment at a paranormal conference, where Ouija enthusiasts were equipped with eye trackers while using the Ouija board. Our results show that participants have a significantly lower probability at visually predicting letters in a Ouija board session compared to a condition in which they are instructed to deliberately spell out words with the Ouija board planchette. Our results also show that Ouija board believers report lower SoA compared to sceptic participants. These results support previous research which claim that low sense of agency is caused by a combination of retrospective inference and an inhibition of predictive processes. Our results show that users in Ouija board sessions become increasingly better at predicting letters as responses unfold over time, and that meaningful responses from the Ouija board can only be accounted for when considering interactions that goes on at the participant pair level. These results suggest that meaningful responses from the Ouija board may be an emergent property of interacting and predicting minds that increasingly impose structure on initially random events in Ouija sessions.
Erscheinungsjahr
2018
Zeitschriftentitel
Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
ISSN
1568-7759
eISSN
1572-8676
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2921413

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Andersen M, Nielbo KL, Schjoedt U, Pfeiffer T, Roepstorff A, Sørensen J. Predictive minds in Ouija board sessions. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. 2018.
Andersen, M., Nielbo, K. L., Schjoedt, U., Pfeiffer, T., Roepstorff, A., & Sørensen, J. (2018). Predictive minds in Ouija board sessions. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. doi:10.1007/s11097-018-9585-8
Andersen, M., Nielbo, K. L., Schjoedt, U., Pfeiffer, T., Roepstorff, A., and Sørensen, J. (2018). Predictive minds in Ouija board sessions. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.
Andersen, M., et al., 2018. Predictive minds in Ouija board sessions. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.
M. Andersen, et al., “Predictive minds in Ouija board sessions”, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 2018.
Andersen, M., Nielbo, K.L., Schjoedt, U., Pfeiffer, T., Roepstorff, A., Sørensen, J.: Predictive minds in Ouija board sessions. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. (2018).
Andersen, Marc, Nielbo, Kristoffer L., Schjoedt, Uffe, Pfeiffer, Thies, Roepstorff, Andreas, and Sørensen, Jesper. “Predictive minds in Ouija board sessions”. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (2018).