Rhea A. White’s Experimental Studies
Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D.
During the 1950s Rhea conducted and participated in several experimental studies that took place at J. B. Rhine’s Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University (now continued in the Rhine Research Center.) Her first published experiment, entitled “A Report on a Sentence Completion Form of Sheep-Goat Attitude Scale,” was conducted with Robert Van de Castle (Van de Castle & White, 1955).
Rhea later worked with Margaret Anderson in studies in which they explored the effect of attitudes on teachers and students on ESP test scores. In some studies they found higher ESP scores when there was a good rapport between teacher and pupil, but the opposite when the relationship was negative (Anderson & White, 1956, 1957). In later years Rhea conducted other studies with Jean Angstadt in which students were also the subjects (e.g., White & Angstadt, 1963).
Rhea also authored two interesting papers presented at conventions of the Parapsychological Association. One focused on judging in ESP free-response tests (White, 1966), and the other dealt with aspects of dream content in the Maimonides ESP dream experiments (White, Krippner, Ullman & Honorton, 1968).
Anderson, M., & White, R.A. (1956). Teacher-Pupil Attitudes and Clairvoyance Test Results. Journal of Parapsychology, 20, 141157.
Anderson, M., & White, R. A. (1957). A Further Investigation of Teacher-Pupil Attitudes and Clairvoyance Test Results. Journal of Parapsychology, 21, 8197.
Van de Castle, R. L., & White, R. A. (1955). A Report on a Sentence Completion Form of Sheep-Goat Attitude Scale. Journal of Parapsychology, 19, 171179.
White, R. A., & Angstadt, J. (1963). Student Preferences in a Two Classroom GESP Experiment with Two Student-Agents Acting Simultaneously. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 57, 3242.
White, R. A. (1966). The Investigation of the Judging Process. Journal of Parapsychology, 30, 292293.
White, R. A., Krippner, S., Ullman, M., & Honorton, C. (1968). Experimentally-Induced Telepathic Dreams with EEG-REM Monitoring: Some Manifest Content Variables Related to Psi Operation. Journal of Parapsychology, 32, 302. [Abstract]