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.
Sources
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).