Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit

The research unit was set up by Professor Chris French in 2000 and is based at Goldsmiths, University of London. It is part of the Department of Psychology and provides a focus for research activity in the area of anomalistic psychology.

Invited Speaker Series 2009–10

10.11.09 Something Wicked This Way Comes: Causes and Interpretations of Sleep Paralysis (Professor Chris French)

Invited Speaker Series 2011–12

10.01.12 Two Types of Evidence: Scientific vs Legal Proof (David Allen Green)

17.01.12 (False) Memories Are Made of This: The Current Preoccupations of The WITH Collective (Alasdair Hopwood)

24.01.12 Neurocognitive Correlates of the Out-of-Body Experience in the Non-Clinical Population (Dr Jason J. Braithwaite)

31.01.12 Beyond Belief Down Under (Dr Krissy Wilson)

07.02.12 The Science Delusion: Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry (Dr Rupert Sheldrake)

21.02.12 The Persistence of Delusion: Why Do Some Alternative Medicines Thrive and Others Die? (Andy Lewis)

06.03.12 Faith in Science? The Psychological Functions of Believing in Science (Dr Miguel Farias)

13.03.12 Magic or Miracle? Putting Psychic Powers to the Test (Massimo Polidoro)

20.03.12 Adventures in Wonderland: A Personal Perspective (Professor Richard Wiseman)

Special Event

01.05.12 The Truth Is Out There (A film by Phil Leirness)

Invited Speaker Series 2012–13

09.10.12 Mediums at Large (Paul Zenon)

23.10.12 Hypnotism without Hypnosis (Martin S. Taylor)

20.11.12 The Moon and Madness: Myth, Metaphysics and Science (Niall McCrae)

08.01.13 Beyond Belief: A Critique of Contemporary Social Psychology of Conspiracy Theories (Jovan Byford)

29.01.13 The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories (Adrian Furnham)

19.02.13 The Hero Maker (Will Storr)

12.03.13 Academic Psychology and Psychical Research between the Wars (Elizabeth Valentine)

Special Event in Association with CFI UK

20.03.13 Memory Matters (Elizabeth Loftus)

Invited Speaker Series 2013–14

12.11.13 How to Make Millions with a Bogus Bomb Detector (Meirion Jones)

10.12.13 Beliefs about Memory (Martin Conway)

14.01.14 Magic and Belief in the Middle Ages (Sophie Page)

21.01.14 Hearing the Voice (Charles Fernyhough)

04.02.14 Spiritual Experiences in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Neuropsychiatric Symptom or Portal to the Divine? (Niall McCrae)

11.02.14 Has Science Done Away with the Soul? (Paul Broks)

25.03.14 British Israelism: How an Ancient Historical Puzzle Fuels Conspiracists and Terrorists Today (David V. Barrett)

03.06.14 Exploding Head Syndrome (Brian Sharpless)

Invited Speaker Series 2014–15

21.10.14 The Psychology of Belief in Conspiracy Theories: Correlates, Causes and Consequences (Karen Douglas)

18.11.14 The Dark Net: What Happens Under the Conditions of Anonymity? (Jamie Bartlett)

25.11.14 What Have We Learned from Experimental Tests of Dream ESP? (Chris Roe)

02.12.14 Brainwashing (John Sweeney)

13.01.15 Homeopathy and the 4th Law of Thermodynamics (Edzard Ernst)

27.01.15 The Golden Age of Paranormal Television (Richard Wiseman)

10.02.15 “Designed for Programming the Mind”: Lessons from a Method of Indoctrination (Jonny Scaramanga)

24.02.15 Carol Felstead and the Creation of a Satanic Myth in the United Kingdom (Kevin Felstead)

10.03.15 Magical Thinking and Religion (Konrad Talmont-Kaminski)

24.03.15 Artificial Paradises? Anomalistic Psychology and the Psychedelic Experience (David Luke)

Special Event

25.03.15 (11.00 a.m.) The Memory Factory (Elizabeth Loftus)

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