Professor Chris French, Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths University of London, had conducted a psychic test where two professional English psychics, Patricia Putt and Kim Whitton, agreed to participate.
According to a university statement released on Wednesday, explaining how the study worked, an experiment was conducted which was agreed upon by both mediums as a fair and unbiased test of their abilities. It had put the 2 volunteer psychics before five female sitters, who were required to remain silent and hidden behind a screen. During the test, the psychics were then asked to write notes relating to the individual sitters.
To provide an evaluation of the accuracy of the psychics’ information, each of the five sitters was instructed to tell apart their own reading from the four other readings. The test would have been a success for the psychics if all five sitters spotted their own reading or even only four out of five sitters would correctly identify their own reading, but the psychics have failed. They weren’t able to get any single correct readings.
French said, “Kim and Patricia had felt they’d have no trouble in passing this test. Despite expressing confidence throughout the experiment, neither were able to gain more than a single correct reading, a result entirely consistent with the operation of chance alone.”
However, it was insisted by Putt that the test didn’t prove her powers as the psychics are a sham, the BBC reports.
Putts explained that it was not really a surprise that she had failed as she always does her reading face to face, adding “working ‘blind’ is extremely daunting for the medium”.
Putt further explained that a reading would be easier to explain to the sitter verbally instead of being written, especially if it is their first time as most will not have understood.
Source : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/psychics-fail-test-goldsmiths-university_n_2058714.html