CONFEDERATE

noun. 1. with regard to a trial and error scenario, an assistant to the experimenter who takes on the role of a participant but also whose actions are practiced before the experiment ensues. The actual partakers in the experiment are occasionally called naive participants. 2. with regard to parapsychology, a person who helps an alleged psychic by discretely supplying them with data about a customer's worries, inclinations, past, or current scenario, thereby producing or reinforcing the perception of the psychic's paranormal capacities.

CONFEDERATE: "Confederates help psychics by finding out details about clients so the psychic may appear to paranormal abilities when they really do not, or those of a higher nature than what they possess."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CONFEDERATE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/confederate/ (accessed October 11, 2019).
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