Parapsychology: Research on Exceptional Experiences

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John Beloff, former senior lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, has been President both of the international Parapsychological Association and of the Society for Psychical Research (of London). His books include Parapsychology: A Concise History (1993).

Daniel J. Benor is a psychiatrist who combines spiritual healing with his practice of psychotherapy in Philadelphia and New Jersey. His twenty years of studies on the efficacy of spiritual healing are summarised in Healing Research, Volumes I-III (2001), IV (in press).

Susan Blackmore is a writer and lecturer based in Bristol. She is author of Beyond the Body, In Search of the Light, Dying to Live, Test your Psychic Powers and the controversial bestseller The Meme Machine.

Shari A. Cohn-Simmen is a Research Fellow in the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and has undertaken research on second sight and other psychic experiences.

Deborah L. Delanoy is Professor of Psychology at University College Northampton. She was previously a Research Fellow at the Koestler Parapsychology Unit, University of Edinburgh.

Christopher C. French is Professor of Psychology and head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is co-editor of The Skeptic and has published many articles on psychological factors associated with paranormal belief and is a frequent broadcaster.

Alan Gauld was formerly a Reader in Psychology at the University of Nottingham. His publications include The Founders of Psychical Research (1968), Poltergeists (1979, with A.D. Cornell), Mediumship and Survival (1982) and A History of Hypnotism (1992).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations viii
  • About the Authors ix
  • Acknowledgements xii
  • Introduction 1
  • Parapsychology 5
  • Chapter 1 - Parapsychology 7
  • Chapter 2 - Methodology 28
  • Chapter 3 - Meta-Analyses 42
  • Chapter 4 - Psychological Factors 64
  • Chapter 5 - Scepticism 80
  • Paranormal Cognition 91
  • Chapter 6 - Second Sight 93
  • Chapter 7 - Extrasensory Perception 99
  • Chapter 8 - Precognition and Premonitions 108
  • Chapter 9 - Animal Psi 114
  • Paranormal Action 123
  • Chapter 10 - Psychokinesis 125
  • Chapter 11 - Healing 137
  • Chapter 12 - Shamanism 149
  • Anomalous Experience 165
  • Chapter 13 - Coincidence 167
  • Chapter 14 - Apparitions and Encounters 175
  • Chapter 15 - Out-Of-Body Experiences 188
  • Chapter 16 - Near-Death Experiences 196
  • Chapter 17 - Imagery 204
  • After-Life Associations 213
  • Chapter 18 - Survival 215
  • Chapter 19 - Reincarnation 224
  • Chapter 20 - Religion 233
  • Appendices 243
  • Appendix 1 245
  • Appendix 2 248
  • Index 254
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