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Exploratory study of physiological connectedness among twins in relation to attachment

Conference paper
Authors Göran Brusewitz
Adrian Parker
David Luke
Published in 35th Annual Conference of the Society for Scientic Exploration, June 19 - 24, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords attachment, twins, synchronicity, Extrasensory perception, bonding
Subject categories Psychology


By applying the concept of attachment from developmental psychology, this study explores the degree of attachment between twins as a potential dependent variable relating to their apparent physiological connectedness at a distance, sometimes called telepathy. Seven pairs of twins were selected on the basis of their responses to the Exceptional Experiences Questionnaire. The twins alternated in the role of sender in which they were exposed to a surprise stimulus and in the role of receiver in which they were physiologically monitored for their electrodermal responses (EDR). Sender and receiver were placed in labs at different ends of the building separated by several doors and walls. Senders were presented with one stimulus at a random time epoch for each of five trials. Graphs from 53 useable trials were analysed for the peak EDR response close to the middle of each epoch by a researcher naïve to which one of eight possible epochs per trial the stimulus occurred. In 12 trials out of 53 (M = .23; MCE = 6.125) the naïve researchers choice matched the epoch of the actual stimulus and was significant, p = .043 (one-tailed). The results of the Experiences in Close Relationships – Revised (ECR-R) indicated that the twins having many hits in the telepathy experiment was not significantly different from those of the others, all having very low scores on attachment-related anxiety and avoidance. The data provides justification for a major study using this methodology with selected pairs of twins. Some major improvements in the design are suggested.

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