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Parapsychology, Anomalistic Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology

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Research Interests

His research interest are around understanding the nature of anomalous experiences and includes research on the psychology of paranormal belief and of deception and the phenomenology of paranormal experience as well as experimental approaches to test claims for extrasensory perception and psychokinesis, particularly where they involve psychological factors. Recent research has been concerned with unconscious measures of psi and predicting performance using a composite personality measure called ‘lability’.


Current PhD students

Zak Baldwin: An investigation into the effects of action video-games and gaming interfaces on visual selective attention and age-related cognitive decline.

Hayley BartonCognitive decline across the adult lifespan: A role for sleep and lifestyle.

Scott BradleyStrengths-use in high-performance/elite sport teams.

Mike Daw: An examination of the differential effect of omnivorous, vegetarian, vegan, and fasting diets on psi

Lesley Kalish: What are therapists' understandings of Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) and how is that reflected in their beliefs about how patients' presenting with MUS can best be supported?

Felicity Kinnersley: The Experience of Spiritualist Mental Mediumship Development.

Aaron Lomas: The Phenomenology and Understandings of Apparitional and Anomalous Experiences Reported During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Sofia Machado: Induced near-death experiences in healthy volunteers: Phenomenology, psychophysiology, and after-effects.

Ewen Maclean: Pathways to mediumship experiences: Clients’ participation with mediumship in contemporary Britain

Louise Spiers: A Transpersonal Understanding of Spiritual Experiences in Individuals with Epilepsy.

Alex Wilson: The Transformative Nature of Altered States of Consciousness in Youth Subculture.

Teaching Interests

Chris teaches on the undergraduate modules PSY3007: Parapsychology and the psychology of anomalous experience, PSY2005: Research methods and data analysis, and PSY2003: Independent practical work and contributes to MSc modules PSYM021: Neuroscience and Consciousness, PSYM029: Spirituality and Health, and PSYM013: Analysing and Reporting Quantitative Research.

External Roles

Chris is a Vice-President of the Society for Psychical Research and the International Affiliate for England of the Parapsychology Foundation. He is Past President of the Parapsychological Association and past-chair of the British Psychological Society's Transpersonal Psychology Section. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Parapsychology and for the Transpersonal Psychology Review. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. He is a member of the Bial Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Northampton


Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

PhD, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Nov 1995

Bachelor, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 1989


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