Society for Psychical Research

Society for Psychical Research Parapsychological Association, the Founded in 1957 in Durham, North Carolina, at the urging of noted parapsychologist J.B. Rhine, the Parapsychological Association (PA) is an international professional organization consisting of scientists and scholars who study psychic experiences, or psi, which include telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, remote viewing, and psychic healing. The main goal of the organization is to improve scientific knowledge about psi, and to this end it supports research efforts and helps disseminate information about psi and psi testing methods to other scientists and to the public at large. PA members are involved in a wide variety of projects related to studying all forms of psi and their possible practical applications, to developing psi-related technology, and to understanding the significance of psi-related experiences to various cultures around the world. Since 1969 the PA has been affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science whose members include some of the most respected scientists in the world. It is also affiliated with several peer-reviewed publications: the Journal of Parapsychology, the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, the European Journal of Parapsychology, and the International Journal of Parapsychology. The organization maintains an Internet site at According to this site, as of 2002 there were approximately three hundred PA members throughout the world.



The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena – written by Patricia D. Netzley © 2006 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning