Let's leave the world of slot machines and online casinos for a moment. And let's move into the world of science. Interestingly enough, some pretty interesting experiments were carried out here that could also be of interest to casino players. We just say the power of thought.
Random number generator manipulated by chickens
Chickens instinctively think of the first thing they see as their mother. The researcher René Peoch then did an experiment in which he led the chickens to believe that a roaming robot whose movements were controlled by a random number generator was their mother. What's interesting is that the robot suddenly began to spend more time around the chickens. And that even though its movements should actually be determined by chance alone.
But Peoch went even further. He did the same experiment with rabbits. Here, the rabbits were initially afraid of the robot. This caused the robot to stay away from the rabbits during this time. However, as the rabbits got used to the robot after some time, the robot suddenly spent more time around them.
So did the chicken's desire for their mother to be around influenced the random number generator? And the fear of rabbits causes the random number generator to keep the robot away from them?
Slot machine tricks with Princeton University
At Princeton University, studies have been conducted for over 30 years to determine what impact our thoughts have on machine-generated chance.
Test persons were asked to use their thoughts to influence the randomness of a random number generator — as they are also used in online casinos.
In this experiment, the random number generator generated two results. The random number generator displayed either a 1 or a 0. The participants in the study now had to sit down in front of the machines and were divided into three groups. A group had to think of the 1, another of the 0, and the third group (the so-called control group) should not think of a specific result.
The aim, as we said, was to find out whether these thoughts would have an impact on probability. Statistically, if 0 and 1 are selected, the possibility would have to be 50% in each case. This was also demonstrated by the control group. Because there, the distribution between 0 and 1 was 50%.
Thoughts influence the random generator
However, things became interesting for the other two test groups. Because both the group that should think of the 0 and the group that should think of the 1 shifted the statistical coincidence in their sense. Not in the extreme range, but statistically relevant in any case. And that's just through their thoughts.
Now, of course, one could argue that these results themselves are coincidental. However, you have to keep in mind that these experiments ran for over 30 years in total. Therefore, the amount of data is so large that reliable conclusions can be drawn. The random element is practically zero for such a set of data.
PEAR research was finally discontinued in 2007 as the researchers felt they had achieved their goal. After all, you had confirmed your initial research goal. Bob Jahn and his colleague, Brenda Dunne from PEAR, said:
PEAR''s massive databases have clearly shown that human thinking and feeling can create small but measurable influences on physical reality. The observed effects were usually relatively small, on average in the order of a few parts in ten thousand, but they intensified too significant statistical deviations from random expectations.
By the way, research is being continued in the so-called Global Consciousness Project. This is also a long-term scientific experiment. The project was started in 1998 and is still ongoing. More than 100 researchers and engineers worldwide are participating in the experiment. The aim is to prove the existence of what is known as a "global consciousness." For example, measurements were carried out after events such as terrorist attacks. According to the researchers, as soon as many people experienced high emotions, the measures were slightly amplified. In light of these findings, slot machine tricks don't sound so far-fetched anymore, do they not?