Parapsychology: Research on Exceptional Experiences

Parapsychology: Research on Exceptional Experiences

Parapsychology: Research on Exceptional Experiences

Parapsychology: Research on Exceptional Experiences


Psychic and other exceptional experiences are surprisingly common but opinions as to their causes vary widely. Can tricks of the mind such as hallucinations, mistaken perception and errors of judgement explain such phenomena or does some yet to be understood non-sensory means of communication come into play?In Parapsychology, leading researchers from both the UK and the USA combine their expertise to form a lucid account of research into the science of psychic experience. Beginning with an introduction to the methodology, Parapsychology addresses topics including coincidence, telepathy, precognition, psychokinesis, healing, apparitions, reincarnation and out-of-body experiences. Each chapter describes the phenomenon, outlines the main lines of research and discusses the merits of possible explanations for such anomalies of cognitive function. Extensive suggestions for relevant further reading on each individual subject are provided, along with a detailed glossary of terms.Parapsychology provides an accessible and succinct overview of the research and current thinking on the subject of psychic and allied experiences. This balanced account of work in this fascinating area will be of great interest to students and researchers in psychology as well as anyone with an interest in the field.


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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