The Psychology of Paranormal Belief: A Researcher's Handbook [NOOK Book]

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With a thorough and systematic review of investigations into the bases of belief in paranormal phenomena, this discussion explores the four main theoretical approaches relating to the nature of such beliefs. Objective and well-researched, this account addresses different points of view on the topic—while some commentators depict paranormal believers as foolish, others propose that paranormal beliefs must be understood as necessities that serve certain psychodynamic needs. The foundations and shortcomings of each ...

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The Psychology of Paranormal Belief: A Researcher's Handbook

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Overview

With a thorough and systematic review of investigations into the bases of belief in paranormal phenomena, this discussion explores the four main theoretical approaches relating to the nature of such beliefs. Objective and well-researched, this account addresses different points of view on the topic—while some commentators depict paranormal believers as foolish, others propose that paranormal beliefs must be understood as necessities that serve certain psychodynamic needs. The foundations and shortcomings of each approach are also documented, and a new comprehensive theory attempts to explain the development of scientifically unsubstantiated beliefs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781907396380
  • Publisher: University of Hertfordshire Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Harvey J. Irwin is an honorary research fellow in the school of psychology at the University of New England and the author of An Introduction to Parapsychology.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Sociocultural influences on paranormal belief 22

3 The psychometrics of paranormal belief 35

4 The social marginality hypothesis 51

5 The worldview hypothesis 67

6 The cognitive deficits hypothesis 77

7 The psychodynamic functions hypothesis 91

8 Theoretical integration : a causal model of belief in scientifically unaccepted phenomena 107

References 129

App Some historically significant measures of paranormal belief 177

Author index 201

Subject index 209

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