Mangan, Gordon Lavelle (1924– )
University lecturer in psychology who made a special study
of parapsychology. He was born on December 5, 1924, in Wellington,
New Zealand. He studied at the University of New Zealand
(M.A., 1945), the University of Melbourne, Australia
(Ed.B., 1950), and the University of London, England (Ph.D.,
1954).
After working as a high school teacher, he became a fellow
of the Parapsychology Foundation and a research associate at
Duke University (1954–56). After short periods teaching in the
department of psychology at Queen’s University, Kingston,
Ontario, Canada (1956–58) and Victoria University (1958–61)
in Canada, he returned to Australia as a senior lecturer in the
psychology department at the University of Queensland in
1961.
Mangan published a number of articles on parapsychology
and one important monograph, A Review of the Published Research
on the Relationship of Some Personality Variables to ESP Scoring
Level (1958).
Sources
Mangan, Gordon Lavelle. ‘‘An ESP Experiment with DualAspect
Targets Involving One Trial Day.’’ Journal of Parapsychology
(December 1957).
———. ‘‘Evidence of Displacement in a Precognitive Test.’’
Journal of Parapsychology (March 1955).
———. ‘‘How Legitimate Are the Claims for ESP’’ Australian
Journal of Psychology (September 1959).
———. ‘‘Parapsychology A Science for Psychical Research’’
Queen’s Quarterly (spring 1958).
———. ‘‘A PK Experiment with Thirty Dice Released for
High and Low Face Targets.’’ Journal of Parapsychology (December
1954).
———. A Review of Published Research on the Relationship of
Some Personality Variables to ESP Scoring Level. New York Parapsychology
Foundation, 1958.
Mangan, Gordon Lavelle, and L. C. Wilbur. ‘‘The Relation
of PK Object and Throwing Surface in Placement Tests.’’ Journal
of Parapsychology 20 (1956); 21, (1957).