Ratte, Rena J(osephine) (1928-)

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Ratte, Rena J(osephine) (1928-)

Instructor in philosophy who has experimented in the field of parapsychology. She was born on September 7, 1928, at Waterville, Maine. She studied at the University of Maine (B.A., 1951) and Duke University, (M.A., 1958; Ph.D., 1959). After receiving her doctorate, Ratte was a research fellow at the Parapsychology Laboratory, (1959-60), and joined the faculty in philosophy at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, from 1960 onward.

She joined the Parapsychology Association. In her parapsychological work she focused on psychokinesis and experimented in the use of game techniques in PK to ascertain whether the PK effect would be enhanced by a game atmosphere.


Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology. New York: Helix Press, 1964.

Ratte, Rena J. "Three Exploratory Studies of ESP in a Game Situation." Journal of Parapsychology 25 (1961).

Ratte, Rena J., and Frances M. Greene. "An Exploratory Investigation of PK in a Game Situation." Journal of Parapsychology (1960).