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Parapsychologist. B. Edinburgh, Scottland. Educ. Heriot's School, Edinburgh; Heriot-Watt College; Edinburgh University. M. 1955, Betty M. Humphrey. Researcher as a member of Society for Psychical Research, London, 1934-51; research associate, Prapsychology Laboratory, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1951-52; research grantee, American Society for Psychical Research, 1952-54; research grantee, Parapsychology Foundation, 1954 to present; research associate, American Society for Psychical Research, 1960-63. Member: Amreican Statistical Assn.; corresponding member, SPR (member of council, SPR, 1948-57).

Mr. Nicol, one of the few full-time researchers in the field of parapsychology, has specialized in the investigation of the nature of paranormal communication; in the statistical analysis of dat relating to telepathy and psychokinesis, and in the historical trents of psychical research. His experiments have covered a wide range: precognition in the fall of dice, psychokinesis attempts with dice, the relationship of paranormal cognition to personality factors, the investigation of mental and physical mediumship and spontaneous psychical experiences, the relationship of non-random targets to pseudo-success in extrasensory perception.

Mr. Nicol has contributed extensively to the Proceedings and the Journal of the SPR, to the Journal of the ASPR, the International Journal of Parapsychology, the Journal of Parapsychology, and to Tomorow Magazine, sometimes in collaboration with his wife, Betty Humphrey Nicol (q.v.), a psychologist. Some of his many papers and articles include, in the SPR Proceedings: "Experiments in Willed Dice-Throwing" (with W. W. Carington, q.v.) and "In Memoriam: Whatley Carington" (both in Vol. 48, 1947); in the SPR Journal: "The Fox Sisters and the Development of Spiritualism" (Vol. 34, 1948), and "Randomness: The Background and Some New Investigations" (Vol. 38, 1955); in the ASPR Journal: "The Exploration of ESP and the Human Personality" (with Betty Humphrey; Vol. 47, 1953); "The Feeling of Success in ESP" (with Betty Niol; Vo. 49, 1955); "Investigations of a Curious "Hunch" (with Betty Nicol; Vol. 52, 1958); in the International Journal of Parapsychology: "The Statistical Controversy in Quantitative Research" (Vol. 1, 1959); "Apparent Spontaneous Precognition" (Vol. 3, 1961); in Tomorrow Magazine: "Buried Alive--Saved by Telepathy" (with Betty Nicol; Vol. 5, 1957); "Keeping Up with the Joneses" (Vol. 8, 1960). His paper "Some Difficulties in the Way of Scientific Recognition of Extrasensory Perception" is included in the book Ciba Symposium on Extrasensory Perception (1956), and his report on "Experimental Uses of Chemical Compounds" (with Betty Nicol) is published in Proceedings of Two Conferences on Parapsychology and Pharmacology (1961). Residence and business address: 26 Douglas Road, Lexington 73, Massachusetts.

Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications



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