Psychic and other exceptional experiences are surprisingly common but opinions as to their causes vary widely. Can tricks of the mind such as hallucinations, mistaken perception and errors of judgement explain such phenomena or does some yet to be understood non-sensory means of communication come into play?
In Parapsychology, leading researchers from both the UK and the USA combine their expertise to form a lucid account of research into the science of psychic experience. Beginning with an introduction to the methodology, Parapsychology addresses topics including coincidence, telepathy, precognition, psychokinesis, healing, apparitions, reincarnation and out-of-body experiences. Each chapter describes the phenomenon, outlines the main lines of research and discusses the merits of possible explanations for such anomalies of cognitive function. Extensive suggestions for relevant further reading on each individual subject are provided, along with a detailed glossary of terms.
Parapsychology provides an accessible and succinct overview of the research and current thinking on the subject of psychic and allied experiences. This balanced account of work in this fascinating area will be of great interest to students and researchers in psychology as well as anyone with an interest in the field.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.57(d)|
About the Author
Jane Henry is a psychologist and senior lecturer at the Open University where she chairs the Experiential Research Group. She was founding Chair of the British Psychological Society's Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations. About the authors. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part 1. Parapsychology. J. Henry, Parapsychology. J. Milton, Methodology. D. Delanoy, Meta-analyses. C. Watt, Psychological Factors. C.C. French, Scepticism. Part 2. Paranormal Cognition. S.A. Cohn-Simmen, Second Sight. J. Beloff, J. Henry, Extra-sensory Perception. K. Hearne, J. Henry, Precognition and Premonitions. R. Sheldrake, Animal Psi. Part 3. Paranormal Action. J. Henry, Psychokinesis. D. Benor, Healing. S. Krippner, Shamanism. Part 4. Anomalous Experience. J. Henry, Coincidence. A. MacKenzie, J. Henry, Apparitions and Encounters. S. Blackmore, Out-of-body Experiences. S. Blackmore, Near-death Experiences. R. Taylor, Imagery. Part 5. After-life Associations. A. Gauld, Survival. I. Stevenson, Reincarnation. M. Perry, Religion. Appendices. Glossary. W. Poynton, Websites, Organisations and Journals. Index.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a good overview and introduction to the field of parapsychology. If you're not into textbook learning and reading, you'll probably find this a pretty good challenge to finish. The book has some basic divisions according to generalized subject matter, beginning with an introduction to methodology and the sceptics. It then moves on through more specific aspects of parapsychology such as different types of cognition, remote viewing, out of body experiences, ghosts, etc. While there is some discussion of statistical studies in the first half of the book, the latter half becomes more theoretical and background information on the designated subjects. This is probably due to the increased difficulty of finding statistical analyses as it pertains to subjects like apparitions and reincarnation.This is a book that is likely to be seen in an introductory course on parapsychology and not something the lay person would necessarily start with. As such, the text is full of information, but is fairly dry, as textbooks usually are. However, it is a good, fairly thorough introduction to many aspects of the field of parapsychology, though today's ghost hunters would probably grow bored with it.