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Glenn Hitchman studied Economics at the University of Surrey, graduating with a first class degree and associateship with distinction. He then followed a conversion route into Psychology, obtaining a MSc with distinction at the University of Hertfordshire before completing his PhD at the University of Northampton, where he also worked as an Associate Lecturer. He subsequently spent a period of two years teaching and researching in China, firstly at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics and then at Southwest University. After returning to the UK, he was involved in establishing a new academic campus within Wembley Stadium whilst leading a BSc in Sport Psychology at UCFB. He then served as Head of Academic Subjects and Quality Lead at Royal Holloway International Study Centre before returning to the University of Northampton in 2017, where he is now employed as a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Subject Leader in Psychology.

Although Glenn has been involved in a wide variety of collaborative research projects spanning neuroscience, cognitive psychology and social psychology, his main specialisms are in parapsychology and individual differences. He currently leads the Exceptional Experiences and Consciousness Studies research group in the University of Northampton’s Centre for Psychology and Social Sciences.

Glenn is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the Division of Academics, Researchers & Teachers in Psychology (DARTP). He is also a full member of the Society for Psychical Research and as a professional member of the Parapsychological Association, he currently serves on the board of directors and as an international liaison for China. Furthermore, Glenn is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Research Interests

•Trait models of personality

•The dark triad

•Individual differences in creativity, lability, latent inhibition and paranormal beliefs

•Extrasensory perception

•Morphic resonance


•Anomalous experiences

Teaching Interests

Glenn coordinates three modules in the Psychology subject area:


•PSY1012 Psychology for Life
•PSY2015 Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
•PSYM100 Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology


He also teaches on the Parapsychology and Anomalous Experiences undergraduate module and delivers advanced quantitative research methods training to postgraduate students. He supervises dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Northampton

Jul 2009Jul 2012

Master, University of Hertfordshire

Sep 2007Sep 2008

Bachelor, University of Surrey

Sep 2002Jun 2006

External positions

Board of Directors, Parapsychological Association

26 Oct 2019 → …

International Liaison for China, Parapsychological Association

24 Mar 2014 → …


  • BF Psychology
  • Parapsychology
  • Anomalous experiences
  • Extra-sensory perception
  • Psychokinesis
  • Paranormal beliefs
  • Morphic resonance
  • Personality

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Research Output 2010 2019

social isolation
statistical significance

Individuals with high obsessive-compulsive tendencies or undermined confidence rely more on external proxies to access their internal states

Zhang, Z., Wang, M., Miao, X., Li, Y., Hitchman, G. & Yuan, Z., 1 Mar 2017, In : Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 54, p. 263-269 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Muscle Tonus
Self Concept
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Impact of Social Changes and Birth Cohort on Subjective Well-Being in Chinese Older Adults: A Cross-Temporal Meta-analysis, 1990–2010

Yu, L., Yan, Z., Yang, X., Wang, L., Zhao, Y. & Hitchman, G., 1 Mar 2016, In : Social Indicators Research. 126, 2, p. 795–812 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Social Change
Personal Financing
social change
Direction compound

Association between regional white and gray matter volume and ambiguity tolerance: Evidence from voxel-based morphometry: Evidence from voxel-based morphometry

Tong, D., Yang, W., Zhang, Q., Li, W., Wei, D., Che, X., Zhang, M., Hitchman, G., Qiu, J., Liu, Y. & Cao, G., 7 Apr 2015, In : Psychophysiology. 52, 8, p. 983-989 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Parietal Lobe
Prefrontal Cortex

Brain structures and functional connectivity associated with individual differences in Internet tendency in healthy young adults

Li, W., Li, Y., Yang, W., Zhang, Q., Wei, D., Li, W., Hitchman, G. & Qiu, J., 1 Apr 2015, In : Neuropsychologia. 70, p. 134-144 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Young Adult
Prefrontal Cortex

Category-selective attention interacts with partial awareness processes in a continuous manner: An fMRI study

Tu, S., Jou, J., Cui, Q., Zhao, G., Wang, K., Hitchman, G., Qiu, J., Zhang, Q. & Walla, P., 3 Jun 2015, In : Cogent Psychology. p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
Occipital Lobe
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Visual Cortex

Disentangling the impacts of outcome valence and outcome frequency on the post-error slowing

Wang, L., Tang, D., Zhao, Y., Hitchman, G., Wu, S., Tan, J. & Chen, A., 3 Mar 2015, In : Scientific Reports. p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access


Testing the psi mediated instrumental response theory using an implicit psi task

Author: Hitchman, G. A. M., May 2013

Supervisor: Roe, C. A. (Supervisor) & Sherwood, S. J. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis