This book, written by an internationally renowned researcher in the field, provides a thorough and systematic review of empirical investigations into the bases of belief in paranormal phenomena.
Following a discussion of the concept of paranormality, four main theoretical approaches to the nature of paranormal belief are examined. The foundations and limitations of each of these approaches are rigorously documented in turn. By way of a conclusion, a new, more comprehensive theory is advanced to model the psychological development of scientifically unsubstantiated beliefs.
Opening with a foreword from the highly respected researchers into paranormal belief Dr Caroline Watt and Professor Richard Wiseman, this book will be of particular interest to professional researchers and serious students of the subject, as well as to clinical psychologists and counsellors.
Dr Harvey J. Irwin has an international reputation in research on the psychology of paranormal beliefs and parapsychological experiences. His other publications include the highly praised and widely used text An Introduction to Parapsychology (McFarland, 1989, five editions). Dr Irwin was a member of the School of Psychology in the University of New England, Australia for over 30 years, serving as Head of School for some years. He remains an Honorary Research Fellow in his former university. In 2002 the Parapsychological Association accorded him its Outstanding Research Contribution Award in recognition of his empirical and theoretical work in parapsychology over 25 years.
ISBN 978-1-902806-93-8; September 2009; 224pp; Paperback
“His review and treatment of the literature is exceptional: it is exhaustive and commanding... more than that, Irwin makes an original contribution, and suggests ways in which the psychological study of paranormal belief may subsequently develop.” Robin Wooffitt, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research
“What this book successfully achieves is acknowledging the importance of paranormal belief, whilst remaining unbiased in its presentation of them... Clear, thorough and informative.” The Psychologist
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