From alien encounters to visions of ghosts, this introduction to anomalistic psychology explores the fascinating area of the psychology of belief in paranormal phenomena. Engaging and accessible, it considers empirical evidence from a variety of psychological perspectives, including from clinical, developmental and cognitive psychology.
This collection brings together the best articles from ‘The Skeptic’ magazine, the UK’s foremost and longest-running sceptical magazine, which pursues the truth through reason and evidence by examining science, psychology, secularism, philosophy, critical thinking and the claims of the paranormal. The volume covers a wide range of topics such as psychic fraudsters, psychic healing, alien abduction, near-death experiences, false memories and much more. Contributors include Susan Blackmore, Richard Wiseman, John Diamond, Edzard Ernst, plus interviews with Paul Daniels and Stephen Fry.
From the ancient world to the present day, anomalous experiences – such as apparitions, premonitions, out-of-body and near- death experiences – provide stories that continue to mystify and intrigue. In this lively introduction, the authors investigate what these stories signify, and why some people turn to the paranormal for explanation. From defining anomalous experiences to examining the psychological models and methods that have been used to explain them, this text will help open up these strange tales to analysis. Whatever your level of study, this introduction will guide you through the key areas of this fascinating subject.