Glossary of paranormal study & research terms used both on and off this site.There are 133 entries in this glossary.
A statement summarizing the important points of a text. Brief summary or description of the essential content of an article, chapter or other complete work. Abstracts are frequently written by the author of the complete work.
A group of persons that have certain traits or characteristics in common without necessarily having any direct social connection with one another.
Electrical activity in the brain (about 10 cycles per second) associated with a state of mental relaxation.
Paranormal abilities exhibited by animals. Also known as "Anpsi".
Anomalous cognition is a term coined by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to refer to ESP, including telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and remote viewing. SAIC also refers to psychokinesis as anomalous perturbation
A general term referring to unusual experiences that cannot be explained in terms of current scientific knowledge.
Anomalous perturbation is a term coined by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to refer to psychokinesis. SAIC also refers to ESP as anomalous cognition.
Natural phenomena that cannot be explained in terms of current scientific knowledge.
A physical object which appears in a way that cannot be explained (seeming to come from nowhere). Apports are often associated with the seance room and physical mediumship.
Physical activites (e.g., arm movements, writing, drawing, musical performance) that occur without the automatist's conscious control or knowledge. Also known as motor automatism.