Dr. Rupert Sheldrake is one of the leading parapsychology researches living today. He’s a biologist, living in UK, born in 1942. He’s author of many controversial books describing his research and theory. His primary contribution into the world of parapsychology is his theory of morphogenetic fields. The short explanation of morphogenetic fields is (from Wikipedia article) a little hard to understand:


A morphogenetic field (a subset of morphic field) is a hypothetical biological (and potentially social) field that contains the information necessary to shape the exact form of a living thing, as part of its epigenetics, and may also shape its behaviour and coordination with other beings.

Sheldrake also performed lots of different experiments trying to verify the existence of various parapsychology phenomena like telepathy, the sense of being stared at and other. These tests, among other work, help him to verify his theory of the morphogenetic fields. The experiments about the sense of being stared were described more than 20 years ago and there’s a very long running experiment in the Amsterdam Science Museum. This experiment runs since 1985:

Since 1985, the Amsterdam Science Museum has allowed visitors to participate in the am-I-being-stared-at experiment, based on Sheldrake’s work, with one subject and one starer doing 30 trials before vacating their seats for the next couple.

By 2002, more than 18,700 couples had taken part and the results were a staggering 10 to the power of 376 against them being produced by chance. It’s an on-going experiment and the number of subjects who have participated is now over 20,000, making this the largest and longest-running paranormal research project ever conducted.

The above excerpt is from an interesting article posted in November 2006 on the paranormal review site. The article describes first person experience of taking part in current research that Dr. Rupert Sheldrake performs. Written by Roy Stemman who runs that site and took part in the experiment the article also gives some taste of the possible experiments than can be devised to check the existence of psi phenomena. You can read the article: At the cutting edge of paranormal research to learn more.

You can also read my previous article on the subject of feeling of being stared at in artice: Can you sense being stared at?.

Have you ever had the feeling someone behind you was looking at you?