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The sense of being stared at Have you ever had the feeling that someone is looking at you even though you cant see him or her Many people have had the urge to turn round due to the feeling that someone is looking at them from behind and then when they look they see that they were correct Surveys carried out by Braud Shaffer and Andrews 1990 showed that 70 and 97 respectively of the population of Europe and North America have had this sensation Sheldrake 1998 Even though many people seem to have had this sensation not very much research has been done into the participant An early study done by Titchener 1898 showed that students who said that they could sometimes say when they were being looked could not tell under the experiments conditions Titchener however was a sceptic and so these results confirmed what he expected would happen Sheldrake 1998 In 1913 Coover who was also a sceptic carried out experiments with students from Stanford University The results that he obtained were negative and he concluded that the theory was unfounded Sheldrake 1998 Then in 1959 Poortman carried out a number of trials on himself in which a female friend of his was the looker Poortman reported that 599 of the time he was able to correctly state whether he was being stared at or not Dana Tozer 1996 Peterson 1978 did the next known study in this participant This was found in an unpublished thesis at the university of Edinburgh He carried out experiments in which the looker was separated from the participant by a one-way mirror The results showed that the participants were able accurately state whether they were being stared at more often then not In 1983 L Williams carried out a survey in which more than 74 of the people asked reported having the feeling of being stared at Dana Tozer 1996 Williams
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