The grants competition for the 2018 Parapsychological Association Research Endowment (PARE) came to a close, and the PA provided funds to Mark Boccuzzi to support his research at the Windbridge Institute investigating the psychokinetic impact of intention. This novel study will assess the effects of participants’ directed intentions on the coronal discharge of a nonbiological target object being subjected to the high-voltage current generated by a Kirlian photography device.

This research initiative has far-reaching implications for furthering the science of parapsychology and understanding the nature of consciousness. Boccuzzi anticipates the investigation will either yield evidence for a relatively inexpensive method for measuring psychokinesis or it will show that Kirlian photography may not be a suitable means for studying this phenomenon.

Funding for PARE awards was made possible through a generous donation by Dr. Gertrude Schmeidler, who was a leading researcher and educator in the field of parapsychology. The awards are administered annually by the Board of the Parapsychological Association. One or more awards is made each year to cover the direct costs of conducting scientific research.

Donations to support the mission of the PA, including the funding of research initiatives, can be made by contacting Executive Director Annalisa Ventola at

About the Parapsychological Association

The PA is the international professional organization of scientists and scholars engaged in the study of consciousness-related experiences and phenomena known as “psi” (or “psychic”) experiences. The primary objective of such studies is to achieve a scientific understanding of these experiences. The PA was first established in 1957 and has been an affiliated organization of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) since 1969. The PA provides an international forum for scholarly exchange through annual conferences, generally held in North America or in Europe, and through the publication of its Mindfield bulletin. There are approximately 400 PA members and affiliates around the world.