This experiment is now finished. We are analyzing the data and preparing version 2, which will have several new features. We expect it to go online in October 2017.
The remainder of this page is retained here for historical purposes.This experiment explores a strange property of quantum physics and its possible relationship to an equally strange property of the mind. A central mystery in the phenomenon of quantum entanglement is called nonlocality. This refers to connections between objects that transcend the ordinary constraints of space and time. One way to observe this effect in the lab is between pairs of photons prepared in certain ways.
The question explored here is whether quantum entanglement may be related to commonly reported experiences suggestive of direct mind-matter interactions. Such experiences are considered strange because, like entanglement, they appear to transcend the ordinary boundaries of space and time. Some argue that quantum entanglement is irrelevant for understanding these experiences. Others suggest that quantum biological effects open the door to possible explanations. This experiment is one of a series of studies designed to empirically inform this ongoing debate.
The test consists of two conditions, concentrate and relax, each about 40 seconds in length. The beginning of each experiment is preceded by a baseline period that might last up to 40 seconds, followed by the two conditions, each of which is presented 9 or 10 times in a single test session. A full session thus takes about 15 minutes. You may repeat this test as many times as you wish. You'll only need to go through the registration process once.
During a concentrate period you'll focus your intention toward a line on a chart, or toward a dynamic bubble display, as shown in the images below. You'll want the line to go up or the bubbles to coalesce into a circle. During a relax condition the graph will disappear so you should withdraw your intention. The condition type will be announced by a spoken voice and also displayed on the screen. The test should work on most modern browsers and smartphones.
The line on the graph reflects the real-time output of an optical system in our lab that is continuously generating entangled photons. If the line goes up, it means the correlation strength -- the bond, if you will -- between the pairs of photons is increasing. The goal in this study is to see if your intention can increase this correlation strength.
For those interested in technical details, the entanglement correlation strength is measured using the CHSH technique, and the value plotted is S, which according to orthodox quantum theory will be greater than 2 and less than 2 square roots of 2. This is a standard method used to test Bell's inequality and is especially suited for the present experiment because with our equipment that value can be updated in near real-time.