The Center has concluded its research projects, and is now in an information dissemination stage. Formerly we conducted research in the following categories:
We actively engaged with the disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary academic research in our areas of inquiry. We also actively engaged in the analysis and deconstruction of the mass-market literature/media which relates to these areas.
Focus (Mentored) Groups
We conducted many longitudinal, exploratory projects that involved individual and group-wide training for participants in mentored groups. These were field based experimental designs that researched various personal and social domains. A major focus of the Center was the attempt to test individual methods and distill down overarching, effective protocols. The bulk of our research concerning these two objectives took place in these groups.
Developmental Level Research
Our focus group and hermeneutic/historical research led us to believe that a component of constructing viable protocols may be a person’s egoic and other development levels. Because very little research has been carried out on causal factors which can influence this, we carried out basic research in this area. We conducted experiments that explored the possibilities of constructed interventions in egoic and related forms of development.
These studies follow up on very limited, published, initial findings regarding the ability to design specific interventions to affect egoic development, as well as suggestive findings that participation in action research may be effective. For example, one of our projects directly examined this in students as they progressed through a research course that was drawn from action oriented research methods (PhD and MA level students). A second multi-year, multi-cohort, study involved PhD students who were undergoing a rigorous humanities based curriculum that was partially focused on producing personal transformation. These studies used the Washington University Sentence Completion Test (SCT) for measurement.
Integral Methodological Research
Much of our research pushed the then-current boundaries of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research design. As a result, we also actively engaged in exploring the development of credible extensions to existing academic methodologies. One area of specific research for us was the exploration of Ken Wilber’s AQAL theory as a possible meta- or transmethodological model for research method and/or study triangulation.
We conducted a number of random number generator and field-based random number generator experiments. Because of the nature of these projects and the possibility that, even retroactive, intent from website visitors could ‘pollute’ our results, we do not disclose the details of these projects.
Mass Market Survey and Experimentation
We conducted the first comprehensive mass market/public intentionality survey. Because of the success of alternative forms of spirituality, as well as modern New Thought based products such as 'The Secret', we believed that the public at large represented a vast, untapped laboratory for exploring intentionality. Our initial survey was designed to broadly explore what they were using, their results, and so forth.
Another project involved large scale web-based experimentation based on our long running experience with focus groups. It was a randomized mixed-methods project that was designed to broaden our research into individual techniques and protocol development.