S. James P. Spottiswoode, B.Sc.
Director of Research, Cognitive Sciences Laboratory


EDUCATION

B.Sc., Mathematics, University of Wales, 1979, First Class Honors.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

1995-Date. Director of Research, The Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, The Laboratories for Fundamental Research Palo Alto, California

1991-1995. Consultant to Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, Science Applications International Corporation, Menlo Park, California. Statistical analysis and computing for psychophysics research program.

1981-1990. Consultant to SRI International, Menlo Park, California. Applications of pattern recognition and signal analysis for psychophysics research. Experimental tests of quantum mechanics.

1987-Date. Chief Statistician for National Research Group, Los Angeles, California. Numerical modelling, simulation and forecasting of motion picture revenues.

1984-1986. Consultant to the World Bank. Design of appropriate computer installations for agronomic monitoring in Africa.

1979-1984. Consultant to AGA Signals Plc, London, United Kingdom. Design of computer hardware, numerical analysis and optical design of marine navigational aids.

1971-1975. Research Assistant at Department of Geology, University of Wales. Research into sub-bottom profiling, side scan sonar, high intensity underwater sound sources and hydrophone arrays.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

Mr. Spottiswoode has participated in software design on a range of sophisticated computer systems. He is an experienced UNIX systems programmer and administrator and besides C, is fluent in Fortran 77, Splus, PV-Wave, and a variety of other 4GL languages. His experience in numerical modelling includes work in signal processing, numerical analysis, Monte Carlo techniques and psychometrics. He currently administers a Sun workstation which is on the Internet and which supports 10 users.

 PARAPSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH

Mr. Spottiswoode has been actively researching anomalous cognition (AC) in the laboratory and investigating theoretical approaches since 1981. His initial work involved the design, validation and experimental testing of an analytic scoring for free response AC. Once validated this system was applied to a novel associative remote viewing protocol. Under the auspices of the research group at SRI International Mr. Spottiswoode did original work on semantic differentials and similarity measures as applied to anomalous perception. Other research involved a quantum optics based test of a physics theory of psi functioning. Further work explored the possible impact of extremely low frequency EM waves on psi functioning: this research was both by retrospective meta-analysis and based upon a controlled test of psi functioning in an environment in which the EM field conditions were experimentally manipulated. Recent research has involved clarification of the conceptual base of Decision Augmentation Theory (DAT) and the effect of target entropy on AC performance. As an ongoing activity over the last three years Spottiswoode initiated and administers the premier discussion forum for parapsychological research in the world, the Parapsychology Discussion List (PDL). In the last year research has focussed on finding physical variables which modulate AC performance: local sidereal time and geomagnetic fluctuations have emerged as strong candidates. It is hoped that these discoveries will lead to an understanding of the physical basis for the information transfer in AC.

PUBLICATIONS AND REPORTS

Spottiswoode S.J.P. & May E.C. Anomalous Cognition Effect Size: Dependence on Sidereal Time and Solar Wind Parameters. Proceedings of the Parapsychological Association 40th Annual Convention, Brighton, United Kingdom (1997).

Spottiswoode S.J.P. Geomagnetic Fluctuations and Free Response Anomalous Cognition: A New Understanding. Journal od Parapsychology, (1997 in press).

Spottiswoode S.J.P. Apparent Association Between Effect Size in Anomalous Cognition Experiments and Local Sidereal Time. Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 11 No. 2 (1997)

May E.C., Utts J.M., Spottiswoode S.J.P. Decision Augmentation Theory: Applications to the Random Number Generator Database, Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 9 No. 4 (1995)

May E.C., Utts, J.M. & Spottiswoode, S.J.P. Decision Augmentation Theory: Toward a Theory of Anomalous Mental Phenomena, Journal of Parapsychology, Journale of Parapsychology, Vol. 59 (1995).

May E.C., Utts, J.M. & Spottiswoode, S.J.P. Applications of Decision Augmentation Theory, Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 59 (1995).

May E.C., Spottiswoode S.J.P. & James C.L. Shannon Entropy: A possible Intrinsic Target Property, Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 58 (1994)

May E.C., Spottiswoode S.J.P. & James C.L. Shannon Entropy as an Intrinsic Target Property: Towards a Reductionistic Model of Anomalous Cognition, Proceedings of the Parapsychological Association 37th. Annual Convention, Amsterdam, Holland (1994).

May E.C., Spottiswoode S.J.P. & James C.L. Managing the Target Pool Bandwidth: Noise Reduction for Anomalous Cognition Experiments, Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 58 (1994)

May E.C., Spottiswoode S.J.P. & James C.L. Managing the Target Pool Bandwidth: Noise Reduction for Anomalous Cognition Experiments, Proceedings of the Parapsychological Association 37th. Annual Convention, Amsterdam, Holland (1994).

Spottiswoode S.J.P. Effect of Ambient Magnetic Field Fluctuations on Performance in a Free Response Anomalous Cognition Task: A Pilot Study, Proceedings of the Parapsychological Association 36th Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada (1993).

Spottiswoode J., Tauboll E, Duchowny M and Neppe V. Geomagnetic Disturbance as a Seizure-Provoking Factor: an Epidemiological Study, Epilepsia, Vol. 34, suppl. 2, pp 56 (1993).

Spottiswoode S.J.P. & May E.C. The Geomagnetic Field and Human Performance, Report to Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, Science Applications International Corp. Menlo Park CA. (1992)

Spottiswoode, S.J.P., Geomagnetic Activity and Anomalous Cognition: A Preliminary Report of New Evidence, Subtle Energies, Vol.1. pp 91 - 102. (1990)

Walker E.H., May E.C., Spottiswoode S.J P. & Piantanida, T., Testing Schrodinger's Paradox With A Michelson Interferometer, Physica B&C, Vol. 151, No.1-2, pp 339-348 (1988)

May E.C and Spottiswoode S.J.P. A Michelson-Interferometer Schrodinger Cat: The Death of the Observational Theories. Proceedings of the Parapsychological Association 31st Annual Convention, Montreal (1988).

Spottiswoode, S.J.P., Investigating The Semantics Of Remote Perception With Similarity Estimates And Multidimensional Scaling, SRI International Report, (1987)

Schwartz, S., DeMattei, R.L., Brame, E. and Spottiswoode, S.J.P., Infrared Analysis Of Water Exposed To Therapeutic Practitioners, Proceedings of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies, Detroit (1987)

Spottiswoode S.J.P. Displacement in Associative Remote Viewing: Analytic Scoring and Other Possible Solutions, Report to the Perrot-Warwick Foundation, Cambridge, UK (1984).

Spottiswoode S.J.P. On the Application of Associative Remote Viewing to Commodity Trading, Report to the Alfalfa Corporation, Beverly Hills, CA (1984).

Spottiswoode S.J.P. Displacement in Associative Remote Viewing: Analtyic Scoring and other Possible Solutions, Report to the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Sausalito (1984)

Spottiswoode, S.J.P., The Programmed Traverse Light, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Vol. 34, No. 1, (1981)

Spottiswoode, S.J.P., An Optical Aid for Assisting VLCC's to Maintain Correct Speed Profile During their Approach to Berthing, Proceedings of the 10'th Conference of the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities. (1980)

Spottiswoode, S.J.P. and Dobson, M., A Fibre Optic Recording Oscilloscope For The Display Of Side-Scan Sonar And Seismic Data, Marine Geology, Vol. 18 (1975).

Spottiswoode, S.J.P., Holography, in Encyclopedia of Film and Television Techniques, Focal Press, London (1969)


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