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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.


Description

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.


Reviews

'A wonderful introduction to a fascinating topic. Clear, concise and comprehensive. It belongs on the bookshelf of everyone who is seriously curious about the human mind.' - Professor Richard Wiseman, School of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire, UK.

'Anomalistic Psychology is a thoughtful and careful introduction to this fascinating domain.' - Etzel Cardeña, Thorsen Professor of Psychology, Lund University, Sweden and co-author of Varieties of Anomalous Experience and Altering Consciousness.

'Psychology is the disciplined study of experience and behavior; anomalistic psychology studies those that are rare, unexplained, or both. Holt, Simmonds-Moore, Luke and French have written an admirable account of this emerging field, one that pushes the boundaries of psychology without falling over the edge.' - Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University, and Co-editor, Varieties of Anomalous Experience.


Contents

Introduction & Overview
Cognitive Explanations
Personality and Individual Difference Explanations
Explanations for Superstitious Beliefs and Behaviour
Pseudoscience and the scientific status of parapsychology
Methodological issues related to the study of psi
Apparitions Out-of-body experiences and near-death experiences
Mental Mediumship
Concluding comments


Authors

NICOLA J. HOLT is Lecturer in Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Anomalous Experiences Research Unit at the University of York, UK.

CHRISTINE SIMMONDS-MOORE is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia, USA, where she has developed a course that critically evaluates paranormal experiences.

DAVID LUKE is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, UK, where he teaches the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience. He is a past President of the Parapsychological Association.

CHRISTOPHER C. FRENCH is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.