His first exceptional subject in this ESP research was Adam Linzmayer, an economics undergraduate at Duke.In 1931, Linzmayer scored very highly in preliminary Zener card tests that Rhine ran him through; initially, he scored 100% correct on two short (nine-card series) tests that Rhine gave him.However, over time, Linzmayer's scores began to drop down much closer to (but still above) chance averages.
After the war, he had occasion to study some dramatic cases outside the lab. Rhine, pursued work that complemented her husband’s in the later 1940s, gathering information on spontaneous ESP reports (experiences people had, outside of a laboratory setting).
Yet Rhine believed that a good groundwork should be laid in the lab, so that the scientific community might take parapsychology seriously.
Joseph Banks Rhine was the second child of five children born to Samuel Ellis Rhine and Elizabeth Vaughan Rhine in Waterloo, Juniata County, Pennsylvania.
Samuel Rhine had been educated in a Harrisburg business college, had taught school and later been a farmer and merchant.
Joseph Banks Rhine (September 29, 1895 – February 20, 1980), usually known as J. Rhine, was an American botanist who founded parapsychology as a branch of psychology, founding the parapsychology lab at Duke University, the Journal of Parapsychology, the Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man, and the Parapsychological Association.