by Scott Goodacre
In one of the tests, participants were placed in a state of sensory deprivation for five minutes, while a family member attempted to mentally transmit one of four images to them.
The participant was then asked to try and identify the image from a choice of four – with the department aiming for a success rate of higher than 25%.
The results from the experiment indicated that 36% of participants were able to correctly identify the image that family members were transmitting to them, showing evidence of psychic ability in potential Psychology students.
Students also travelled around college talking to visitors in an experiment based on the Milgram electric shock experiment of the 1960s.
They asked participants what voltage of electric shock they would voluntarily give to another person – up to a maximum of 450v.
The research showed that most people would not give an electric shock if they were asked to, however if they were forced to do so would give the maximum of 450v!
The findings from the research support the original experiment, in which 65% of participants gave a 450v shock to a harmless stranger.
There were, however, a significant amount of visitors to the college who would not give any shocks whatsoever even if forced to!
The final study was the Attraction Study, where research participants were asked to look at either a male or female face and rate it for attractiveness.
Half of the participants were asked to do star jumps in order to increase their adrenaline before looking at the picture.
The graph below shows that both male and female participants who had increased their level of adrenaline by doing star jumps gave higher attraction ratings to the faces.
The female participants in particular showed a much bigger increase in attraction, which supports the findings of Dutton & Aron (1974) who found that participants standing on a high bridge (which increased their adrenaline) gave higher attraction ratings to faces.
An adrenaline rush increases your heart rate, which humans associate with finding someone attractive, so when we look at a face we think we are attracted to it.