• In Case You Missed One

  • What’s in it for you?

    Custom Search
  • Get Published in 2016

    Submit your book proposal today! Submit your book proposal today!
  • Register Today!

  • Why Take The Chance At Missing One?

    Put in your email address to find out when a new post goes live on The M3 Blog!

    Join 266 other subscribers

  • What’s the buzz?

  • RSS for any Reader

    I heart FeedBurner

    FBFPowered by ®Google Feedburner

  • Like Red Dwyer on Facebook

    Red Dwyer - Author

    I want one for my trail! ... See MoreSee Less

    Please say something about this PHOTO. Nice job Share Share !

    View on Facebook

    A new way to look at an old favorite. ... See MoreSee Less

    Probably the coolest thing I've ever seen

    View on Facebook

    Would you be able to play on it? I want to try! ... See MoreSee Less

    The table is nice. It's from Obscura Digital!

    View on Facebook
  • Like the 5,000 page

    • I have more than 5,000 contacts. I have more than 5,000 contacts. Retrospect | Momma's Money Matters commented on Momma's Money Matters: [...] all came through with flying colors and quite a bit of discovery, even some extra-sensory perception. So, amidst the psychology, what did I learn from A to [...] May 15, 2012 17:04
  • Helping Keep the Power On

  • And Now For Something Completely Different.

  • Patriots & Ex-Pats

    Free counters!

Z is for Zener

Do you know someone you are convinced has extrasensory perception (ESP)? Is it you? Zener cards are a fun way to test your ESP abilities. Want to give it a whirl in the last post of the A to Z Challenge?

Who would not want to predict the future? From the beginning of our history, humans have entertained the idea of predicting the future and exalted those believed to be true prognosticators. Skeptics view the whole affair with a raised eyebrow, but many are at least curious as to the existence of ESP.

Zener

Karl Zener was just so curious a psychologist. Before he came to invent the Zener cards, a regular pack of playing cards was used to determine if people were clairvoyant or possessed ESP. There were problems with this model, including:

The Circle: One Curve

  • Low chance of correct answers (number/suit variables)
  • Favoritism toward one number/suit by subject
  • Knowing right answers allowed counting cards
  • Statistical interpretation of answers

Zener developed a simple deck of cards for the test: Five simple shapes, five cards of each design. He conducted his tests in the 1930s with parapsychologist J.B. Rhine.

The presenter picks up one card, then records the answer of the subject.

Zorino

The Cross: Two Lines

In the early days, Zener cards grabbed a stinking reputation. They were made of a thin paper. The discovery was the most successful people taking the test were merely exploiting their ability to see through the cards.

The picture of a building at Duke University graced the cards next. Asymmetric patterns make the cards one-way now.

Rhine chose shuffling by machine to produce better results, since hand shuffling can make the frequency of cards easier to predict.

Zone

The Waves: Three Curvy Lines

One of the points skeptics like to highlight is the subject can take clues from the presenter in determining which card is chosen. In clinical trials and in lay experiments, there is often an object placed between subject and presenter to take this variable out of the equation. Another solution is to put the presenter and the subject in separate rooms.

Recording the experiment can help keep both subject and presenter honest or reveal how some scores were reached through deception.

The Square: Four Lines

Zip

Another use for the test is for telepathy. In this version of test, the subject picks the Zener card and projects the image to the receiver. Some statistical maneuvering is necessary to take into account the perception of the receiver and accurately gauge the telepathic powers of the subject.

Zero

The Star: Five Points

Typically, the base score anyone will get is five out of 25. Statistically, your chances of guessing these correctly means you are not showing any overt perception or prognostic ability. Lower scores than five are possible, and common, although a score of zero is particularly unlikely.

Zygomorphic

Are you ready to test your ESP abilities with these simply designed cards? The Internet has taken a lot of the work out of the Zener card test. Scoring is not interpretative, but is very straightforward. You have choices.

Want to have your answers listed in a data base to influence future norms? Try The Anima Project. They collect data to influence the curve on who is determined clairvoyant.

What to test with more than one deck at a time? Try Psychic Science. See if you can beat the highest score they have on record.

Want to stay right here and try it? Why go on a field trip, when Red can deliver the test to you?! For your enjoyment, the test is embedded below:

Take a few minutes to play with it. Take it as many times as you like. Try cheating, if you like. Choose two cards and only guess those two rather than trying to guess all five. Try counting cards. All is fair in this test. Use the powers you have to get the highest number correct.

If you think this would be fun for a party, the cards are readily available at sellers like Amazon in the toys category. All different types of cards are available from the original Zener card designs to other fun shapes. They can also be a great craft project for your eight-year-old.


~~~~~~~~~~

Have you ever played with Zener cards? Do you have any ESP, clairvoyance or telepathy skills? How did your score on the Zener card test here or on the other sites? 

If you tweet or +1 this post, please use the hashtag #AtoZChallenge!

Are you glad the challenge is over?

(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2012
Test widget compliments of and available at Psychic Science.
Re-Blogging of this or any other post on Momma’s Money Matters
is expressly forbidden.
Copyright and Privacy Policy available
in The Office. 



Spread the Love!

Pinterest



You know you want to share!


  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
  • Tumblr
Content Protection by DMCA.com
Leave a comment

45 Comments

  1. officially 7 out of 25 – does this explain why I consistently pick such bad men?

    Great as usual Red and this one was fun as well. You are such a marvelous teacher.
    valentinelogar recently posted..Hope in PeachesMy Profile

    Reply
    • Red

       /  May 1, 2012

      ROFL! Probably 😉 Glad you liked this one. I thought it was a fun way to wrap up all the heady topics we had had.

      Reply
  2. Hi Red! 🙂

    I’m more empathic than psychic – I get sympathy pains when people even TALK about injuries and medical ailments! LoL!!!

    Get well soon my friend! 🙂

    Love and gentle hugs!

    Prenin.
    prenin recently posted..Monday – Medication day.My Profile

    Reply
  3. SO GLAD TO HAVE BEEN HERE YESTERDAY ………AND THIS MORNING !
    WHAT FUN !!!!!!!!!
    THANKS RED …!
    AND THANKS DEB FOR INTRODUCING RED TO ME …….
    I LOVE THIS PLACE ………
    GOOD MORNING AND MAY YOU GUYS HAVE AN AWESOME DAY XOXO
    CAT
    Cat Forsley recently posted..“Perspective ..” She Said by Cat Forsley ©My Profile

    Reply
    • Red

       /  May 1, 2012

      Good morning, Cat. When you comment, click in the box before you type. It will give you a pull down menu of your input. This will make sure all your comments post immediately 🙂 I hope you are having a beautiful Tuesday! xxx

      Reply
  4. I have read about and even seen some documentaries on this theme and I agree there is definitely more to ESP than some would acknowledge or even identify…

    I have had some moments over the years where I know exactly what someone will say next, or think the same idea, and even know who will turn the next blind corner maybe just chance but who knows the real power of the brain, as we only use such a small percentage of it at the present moment in time…

    I just noticed Ian’s mention of you being poorly, I do hope that you are feeling much better soon my great friend 🙂 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

    Reply
    • Red

       /  May 1, 2012

      Aye, I am on the mend. There is so much power locked in the brain. I truly do not believe we only use 10% of it. I believe science is unwilling to admit we use the parts which have not been definitively identified as “this part does this”. Just my belief…

      Reply
      • I am pleased that you are feeling a little better Red, and hope that soon you will be back to yourself again, those migraines are definitely a horrible experience, do you have those visual disturbances too? I used to have that when I was in my twenties but luckily not had anything like a migraine in years…

        Perhaps it is a certain food that triggers it, or maybe bright light? 🙁 Whatever it is that starts you off with yours I do hope that you can find the solution for it, I think once an attack happens that laying in a darkened room helps 🙂

        Androgoth XXx

        Reply
        • Red

           /  May 1, 2012

          I have not had a migraine since I had surgery to preclude them. I always knew my trigger, but it took me almost 15 years to convince a doctor I was not employing mad science to prove my deductions. Once the surgery was complete, my doctor was amazed the headaches went away and stayed gone. I always needed warm water and completely silent darkness.

          Reply
  5. I don’t have ESP…We don’t have any cable or satellite service.

    Reply
  6. What does it mean if I scored 19 out of 25?
    MJ Logan recently posted..The PondMy Profile

    Reply
    • Red

       /  May 1, 2012

      The test should have told you you are clairvoyant!

      Reply
      • In truth, I’ll be lucky if I score the average for guessing… Not sure how this would work online.
        MJ Logan recently posted..The PondMy Profile

        Reply
        • Red

           /  May 1, 2012

          It is more straightforward online because there are no presenter/subject issues to overcome.

          Reply
          • I was setting up a little joke there, then forgot what I was doing. \^__^/ that figures.
            MJ Logan recently posted..The PondMy Profile

          • Red

             /  May 1, 2012

            ROFL! Mulligan.

  7. Ouch only 8 hits..they told me not to guess anything and stay inside house :-0
    i love these tests they are so much fun…
    Soma Mukherjee recently posted..Dance to the music of lifeMy Profile

    Reply
    • Red

       /  May 2, 2012

      You are doing better than the average bear! I love the messages 😉 Great to see you today, Soma!

      Reply
  1. Retrospect | Momma's Money Matters

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

Pinterest
EmailEmail
PrintPrint