Over the years, the terminology for these parapsychological phenomena has evolved. The CSL uses these primary definitions:
Anomalous Cognition (AC) A form of information transfer in which all known sensorial stimuli are absent. In this process some individuals are able to gain access to information from events outside the range of their senses by a currently not understood mechanism. Several synonyms for this phenomenon are in use: Remote Viewing (RV), Clairvoyance, and ESP.
Anomalous Perturbation (AP) A form of interaction with matter in which all known physical mechanisms are absent. In other words, some individuals are alleged to be able to influence matter by an as yet unknown process. This phenomenon is also known Psychokinesis (PK).
Anomalous Mental Phenomena (AMP) A general term that includes AC and AP. This is also known as PSI.
Basic Research Research that is primarily oriented to understanding the mechanisms of AMP.
Applied Research Research that is primarily oriented towards increasing the magnitude of the effects.
Applications Capitalizing upon the research results, we find optimal protocols and appropriate problems for real-world solutions.
For other specific words or terms that may be used in discussion of Anomalous Cognition research, see the web site GLOSSARY.