Containing contributions from leading paranormal researchers, this edition of Parapsychology continues to challenge and provoke readers with some of psychologyâ€™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, againâ€¦
Table of Contents
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
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.
"This book does justice to some important areas for scientific investigation. It addresses the scientific nature of beliefs and even takes a swipe at the influence of global neo-liberalism on science. This book is a winner on so many levels and a must read for not only students and researchers, but anyone with the remotest interest in Parapsychology." Bryan Bonaparte, University of Westminster, UK
"The current edition.. has come along well... with regards to its content and can be recommended to students, budding researchers, and lay readers who are curious (and serious) about delving into any of the paranormal-related topics it discusses."
Bryan J. Williams, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research