Hardback International Library of Psychology

Edited by Professor Richard Wiseman, Edited by Caroline Watt


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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 490 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 246mm x 46mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 30 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 0754624501
  • ISBN 13: 9780754624509

Product description

Many people believe that they have experienced paranormal phenomena and others claim to possess psychic abilities. For the past hundred years or so, researchers have undertaken systematic and scientific work into these alieged experiences and abilities. This collection of articles provides readers with a general sense of the methods used in this research, the findings that have been obtained and the controversies generated by this work. They cover a wide range of issues, including the psychology of paranormal belief, investigations into ghosts and hauntings, laboratory research into extra-sensory perception and psychokinesis, and controlled tests of psychics and mediums. An introductory essay sets each of the selected papers in context and provides additional references for those wishing to delve deeper into the issues surrounding each of the areas covered.

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Author information

Richard Wiseman is Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire, UK. Dr Caroline Watt is from the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Table of contents

Outside The Lab: Paranormal Beliefs and Experiences: John Palmer (1979), A community mail survey of psychic experiences; Caroline A. Watt (1990-1991), Psychology and coincidences; Christopher C. French (2003), Fantastic memories: the relevance of research into eyewitness testimony and false memories for reports of anomalous experiences; Ian Stevenson (1993), Birthmarks and birth defects corresponding to wounds on deceased persons; Pim van Lommel, Ruud van Wees, Vincent Meyers and Ingrid Eifferich (2001), Near-death experiences in survivors of cardiac arrest: a prospective study in the Netherlands; Richard Wiseman, Caroline Watt, Paul Stevens, Emma Greening, & Ciaran O'Keeffe (2003), An investigation into alleged 'hauntings'; Michael Daniels (2002), The 'Brother Doli' case: Investigations of apparent poltergeist-type manifestations in North Wales. Testing Psychic Claimants: George P. Hansen (1985), A brief overview of magic for parapsychologists; John Beloff (1986). What is your counter-explanation? a plea to skeptics to think again; Erlendur Haraldsson and Karlis Osis (1977), The appearance and disappearance of objects in the presence of Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Ray Hyman (1981), The psychic reading; Sybo A. Schouten (1994), An overview of quantitatively evaluated studies with mediums and psychics. Extrasensory Perception: J.B. Rhine (1938), Experiments bearing on the precognition hypothesis: I. pre-shuffling card calling; Charles Akers, (1984), Methodological criticisms of parapsychology; Irvin L. Child (1985), Psychology and anomalous observations: the question of ESP in dreams; Daryl J. Bem and Charles Honorton (1994), Does psi exist? replicable evidence for an anomalous process of information transfer; Julie Milton (1999), Should ganzfeld research continue to be crucial in the search for a replicable psi effect? part I. discussion paper and introduction to an electronic mail discussion. Psychokinesis and Distant Mental Influence: M. Faraday (1853), Experimental investigation of table-moving; Helmut Schmidt (1970), A PK test with electronic equipment; Dean I. Radin and Roger D. Nelson (1989), Evidence for consciousness-related anomalies in random physical systems; William Braud, Donna Shafer and Sperry Andrews (1993), Further studies of autonomic detection of remote staring: Replications, new control procedures, and personality correlates; Richard Wiseman and Marilyn Schlitz (1997), Experimenter effects and the remote detection of staring; John A. Astin, Elaine Harkness and Edzard Ernst (2000), The efficacy of "Distant Healing": a systematic review of randomized trials; James E. Alcock (2003), Give the null hypothesis a chance: reasons to remain doubtful about the existence of psi. Experimenters' Personal Perspectives: Susan Blackmore (1987), The elusive open mind: ten years of negative research in parapsychology; Marilyn Schlitz (2001), Boundless mind: coming of age in parapsychology; Index.