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Pensamiento Psicológico

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PARRA, Alejandro. Thin Boundary and Transliminality in Relation with Apparitional Experiences and Sense of Presence. Pensam. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.15, n.1, pp.103-114. ISSN 1657-8961.

Objective. To compare the experiences of people who have apparitions and a sense of presence with a control group (without experience) in the degree of frequency of other anomalous experiences, transliminality and thin boundary. Three specific hypotheses are tested here: (a) people who report apparitional experiences and sense of presence score higher anomalous experiences, (b) higher transliminality, (c) and thinner boundaries than control. Method. Four scales were used, the Cardiff Anomalous Perceptions Scale, the Revised Transliminality Scale (RTS), the Anomalous/Paranormal Inventory (AEI), and the Boundary Questionnaire. A sample of 203 participants (151 females and 52 males) who experienced apparitional experiences and sense of presence were matched with participants who did not report such experiences. Results. The three hypotheses were confirmed, that is, higher scores of anomalous experiences, transliminality and thin boundaries in individuals reporting experience compared to those who did not have it confirmed. Conclusion. The construct of a thin boundary reflects some of the attentional processes and/or hyperesthesia present in those involved in alleged apparitional experiences which are used for the detection of their environment.

Keywords : Parapsychology; extrasensory perception; sense of presence; anomalous experiences; transliminality; thinner boundaries.

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