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Parapsychological phenomenaare phenomena which seem on the face of it to defy the known laws of science. Such phenomena rare the focus of study in parapsychology.
Parapsychologists study a number of ostensible paranormal phenomena, including but not limited to:
- Extrasensory perception
- Hauntings: Phenomena often attributed to ghosts and encountered in places a deceased individual is thought to have frequented, or in association with the person's former belongings.
- Clairvoyance: Obtaining information about places or events at remote locations, by means unknown to current science.
- Near death experiences
- Out of the body experiences
- Precognition: Perception of information about future places or events before they occur.
- Psychokinesis: The ability of the mind to influence matter, time, space, or energy by means unknown to current science.
- Reincarnation: The rebirth of a soul or other non-physical aspect of human consciousness in a new physical body after death.
- Remote viewing
- Telepathy: Transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five classical senses.
The definitions for the terms above may not reflect their mainstream usage, nor the opinions of all parapsychologists and their critics. Many critics, for example, feel that parapsychologists are engaged in the study of phenomena that disappear under stringent experimental conditions and are thus normal processes.