Containing contributions from leading paranormal researchers, this edition of Parapsychology continues to challenge and provoke readers with some of psychology's most puzzling phenomena. Whether believers or sceptics, the book provides readers with the opportunity to further their understanding of the paranormal, bridging the gap between traditional psychology and its so-called fringe areas.
Featuring updates to many of the original chapters, this book brings readers up to date with the wealth of radical research in the field. This edition also includes several new chapters, covering subjects as diverse as possession and exorcism, conspiracy theories, reincarnation, and religious belief, many of which are extremely relevant in the world today. Drawing on a range of research, the book provides a balanced introduction to parapsychology, exploring the strengths and limitations of scientific investigation itself.
Parapsychology is for readers from a variety of backgrounds: professionals in the field, students, lay readers and anyone who wants to understand what the paranormal can tell us about ourselves. A variety of viewpoints are on offer, with the emphasis on the reader to make up their own mind. Prepared to be unsettled, again...
David Groome was formerly Principal Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Westminster, UK, where he retains a research connection. In 2009 he received the BPS Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Psychology. Ron Roberts was formerly Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Kingston University, UK, where he now holds an honorary position. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Preface. Acknowledgements 1. Introduction - David Groome & Ron Roberts 2. Paranormal cognition - Caroline Watt 3. Mediumship and survival - Chris Roe 4. Possession and exorcism - Christopher C. French 5. Alien contact and abduction claims - Christopher C. French 6. Near-death experiences - Chris Roe 7. Reincarnation claims - Christopher C. French 8. Dreams - Ron Roberts 9. Astrology - David Groome 10. Religion, belief, and science - Michael W. Eysenck 11. Psychic fraud - Richard Wiseman 12. Conspiracy theories - Robert Brotherton & Christopher C. French 13. Science and experience - Ron Roberts 14. Cognition and belief - David Groome & Robin Law