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The Psychology of the Paranormal

1st Edition

By David Groome, Michael Eysenck, Robin Law


92 pages

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Can mediums communicate with the dead? Do people really believe they’ve been abducted by aliens? Why do some people make life decisions based on their horoscope?

The Psychology of the Paranormal explores some commonly held beliefs regarding experiences so strange they can defy an obvious scientific explanation. The book explains how psychologists have conducted experiments to provide insight into phenomena such as clairvoyance, astrology, and alien abduction, as well as teaching us fundamental truths about human belief systems.

From debunking myths about Extra Sensory Perception, to considering whether our lives can truly be fated by the stars, The Psychology of the Paranormal shows us that however unlikely, belief in the paranormal will continue to be widespread.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Astrology

Chapter 3 Extra-sensory perception

Chapter 4 Spirits and mediums

Chapter 5 Alien encounters and abductions

Chapter 6 Religious beliefs

Chapter 7 Explaining paranormal beliefs

About the Authors

David Groome was formerly Principal Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Westminster, UK. In 2009, he received the BPS Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Psychology.

Michael Eysenck is Professorial Fellow at Roehampton University and Emeritus Professor and Honorary Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

Robin Law is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Westminster, UK.

About the Series

The Psychology of Everything

People are fascinated by psychology, and what makes humans tick. Why do we think and behave the way we do? We’ve all met armchair psychologists claiming to have the answers, and people that ask if psychologists can tell what they’re thinking. The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the popular myths and pseudo-science surrounding some of life’s biggest questions.

The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our subconscious desires and aversions, to our natural social instincts. Absorbing, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and showing how psychology can truly enrich our understanding of modern life.

Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns - from sex, to fashion, to conspiracy theories - The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Parapsychology / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology