Geophysical variables and behavior: LXXVII. Increased geomagnetic activity and decreased pleasantness of spontaneous narratives for percipients but not agents

Percept Mot Skills. 1994 Aug;79(1 Pt 2):387-92. doi: 10.2466/pms.1994.79.1.387.


A total of 48 adults were tested in 24 separate pairs either during the morning (10:00 A.M.) or evening (10:00 P.M.). One member of each pair was instructed to record (write) impressions and descriptions of 8 different art pieces (5 min. each). At the same time the other member of the pair sat in a comfortable chair within an acoustic chamber in another room and wrote an ongoing narrative. The evaluation and activity dimensions of the words that composed the narratives were scored by the Whissell Dictionary of Affect in Language. The increased global geomagnetic activity two days before the experiments was significantly associated (rhos about 0.60) with the use of more unpleasant words for people who sat in the quiet chamber only. Implications for the hypothesis of affective concordance between emotionally bonded human beings and its role in episodes of potentially veridical telepathic experiences are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affect*
  • Attitude*
  • Circadian Rhythm*
  • Electromagnetic Fields*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Imagination
  • Male
  • Semantics
  • Telepathy*