1st Edition

The Psychology of the Paranormal

By David Groome, Michael Eysenck, Robin Law Copyright 2019
    100 Pages
    by Routledge

    100 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.