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The Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit is based at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is part of the Department of Psychology.

The research unit was established by Professor Chris French in 2000 to provide a focus for research activity in the area of Anomalistic Psychology.

In general terms, Anomalistic Psychology attempts to explain paranormal and related beliefs, and ostensibly paranormal experiences in terms of known or knowable psychological and physical factors. Read our introduction to Anomalistic Psychology for an overview of the field.

"Anomalistic Psychologists tend to start from the position that paranormal forces probably don't exist and that therefore we should be looking for other kinds of explanations, in particular the psychological explanations for those experiences that people typically label as paranormal." Videojug.

CFI UK – Searching for Satan: Miscarriages of memory, fractured families and Sat

The APRU is proud to be hosting...

CFI UK – Searching for Satan: Miscarriages of memory, fractured families and Satanic Panics


When:    Saturday, 6 June 2015 from 11 am to 3.30 pm 

Where:     LG01 Professor Stuart Hall Building
                 Goldsmiths, University of London 
                 Lewisham Way 
                 SE14 6NW London
                 United Kingdom

Centre for Inquiry UK, the British Humanist Association, and the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths present: Discover how the unreliability of memory has led to grave miscarriages of justice, including panics about Satanic abuse. Can memories really be ‘recovered’ by therapists? To what extent can we rely on the memories of witnesses in historic abuse cases? Some deeply disturbing cases will be investigated.

For the full event details and the programme visit the BHA's website.

Change of Venue: Please note that this event will be held at the Professor Stuart Hall Building (formerly the New Academic Building) at Goldsmiths University and not Conway Hall. 

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The Skeptic Magazine (UK)

The Skeptic Magazine (UK)

Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit Head, Chris French, is Special Advisor and former Editor-in-Chief of The Skeptic Magazine, the UK's foremost and longest-running sceptical magazine.

Details of the magazine including how to subscribe and how to contribute articles can be found on the Skeptic Magazine's website. The magazine can also be found on Twitter (@theskepticmag) and Facebook.

The Skeptic is able to obtain support and direction from an international Editorial Advisory Board comprised of highly respected individuals noted for expertise in their specific fields including: James Randi, Prof. Elisabeth Loftus, Prof. Richard Dawkins, Dr Susan Blackmore, Prof. Brian Cox, Prof. Edzard Ernst, Dr Richard Wiseman, Dr Simon Singh, Prof. Richard McNally, Prof. James Alcock, Stephen Fry, Derren Brown, Philip Escoffey, Robin Ince, Tim Minchin, Wendy Grossman, Phil Plait and many others.

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