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Extrasensory Perception (ESP): Home


Use for:

  • Cryptesthesia
  • ESP
  • Perception, Extrasensory
  • Sense, Sixth

Broader Term : 

  • Parapsychology

Narrower Term : 

  • Clairaudience
  • Clairvoyance
  • Precognition
  • Retrocognition
  • Telepathy


Extra Sensory Perception

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by Sarah M. Sincero, Explorable: Think Outside the Box

Sincero, S.M. (2019). Extrasensory Perception. Retrieved from

Extrasensory perception or ESP refers to the reception and processing of information not obtained through the physical senses, but are sensed by through an individual's mind.

Coined by renowned psychologist J.B. Rhine, the term was used to refer to psychic abilities and temporal operations. ESP is commonly called sixth sense, a fairly popularized topic in media and related industries.

The four types of extrasensory perception include clairvoyance, psychokinesis, telepathy and precognition.

Full article through this link: Explorable



By Understanding Science

University of California Museum of Paleontology. (2019). ESP: What Can Science Say? Understanding Science. Retrieved from

ESP itself is neither scientific nor unscientific — but it can be studied scientifically or unscientifically, and scientific studies find no support for the hypothesis that ESP exists. Those who ignore the evidence and insist that ESP is a real, natural phenomenon fail to meet one of the key aspects of scientific behavior: assimilating the evidence.

Full article through this link: Understanding Science



By Tom Harris, How Stuff Works

Harris, T. (2019). How ESP works. How Stuff Works. Retrieved from

ESP believers around the world have different ideas of how these abilities manifest themselves. Some people believe everybody possesses these abilities, and we involuntarily experience moments of ESP all the time. Others say only a handful ofpsychics, shamans, or mediums have the special power, and that they can only access this power when they put themselves into a special mental state. Most believers think that everybody has the potential for ESP, but that some people are more in tune with their paranormal abilities than others.

Full article through this link: How Stuff Works

updated: 05 April 2019, M. Viray

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