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Invited Speaker Series and other APRU events

As a supplement to the unit and the Goldsmiths Psychology programme, the APRU organised a series of lectures presented by invited speakers from other institutions or organisations, as well as a variety of other events featuring lectures of relevence to the unit. These speakers, who are all specialists within their respective fields of Psychology and anomalistic research, kindly agreed for their presentations to be recorded and made available through this page. The links below provide complete and free access to these recordings, and will also be updated as new presentations are given. We have also endeavoured to provide any support materials, such as the lecture slides, where appropriate and possible.


Professor Elizabeth Loftus

From Professor Elizabeth Loftus - The Memory Factory:

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Professor Elizabeth Loftus

University of California, Irvine (25/03/2015): The Memory Factory



Prof Chris French

From Seriously Possessed:

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Prof Chris French

Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit (07/03/2015): The psychology of possession and exorcism 



Dr Karen Majors

From the 2014 - 2015 lecture series:

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Dr Karen Majors

East London Consortium of Educational Psychologists and Institute of Education (10/10/2014): The phenomenon of children’s imaginary companions: An exploration of their characteristics and purposes they serve



Cal Cooper
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Cal Cooper 

University of Northampton (14/10/2014): Ghost Therapy



Professor Karen Douglas
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Professor Karen Douglas

School of Psychology, University of Kent (21/10/2014): The psychology of belief in conspiracy theories: Correlates, causes and consequences



Dr Brooke Magnanti
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Dr Brooke Magnanti

Forensic scientist and writer (27/10/2014): What will death be like?



Jamie Bartlett
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Jamie Bartlett

Demos Think-tank (18/11/2014): The Dark Net: What happens under the conditions of anonymity?



Professor Chris Roe
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Professor Chris Roe

University of Northampton (25/11/2014): What have we learned from experimental tests of dream ESP?



John Sweeney
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John Sweeney

Journalist and author (02/12/2014): Brainwashing people is wrong



Professor Edzard Ernst
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Professor Edzard Ernst

University of Exeter (13/01/2015): Homeopathy ... and the ‘4th law of thermodynamics’



Jonny Scaramanga
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Jonny Scaramanga

Institute of Education (10/02/2015): “Designed for programming the mind”: Lessons from a method of indoctrination



Professor Konrad Talmont-Kaminski
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Professor Konrad Talmont-Kaminski

Aarhus University, Masaryk University in Brno, and University of Finance & Management in Warsaw (10/03/2015): “Magical thinking and religion”



Dr David Luke
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Dr David Luke

University of Greenwich (24/03/2015): “Artificial paradises? Anomalistic Psychology and the psychedelic experience"



Meirion Jones

From the 2013 - 2014 lecture series:

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Meirion Jones

Investigations Producer, BBC (12/11/13) : How to make millions with a bogus bomb detector



Dr Niall McCrae
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Dr Niall McCrae

Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kings College London (04/02/14) :  Spiritual experiences in temporal lobe epilepsy: Neuropsychiatric symptom or portal to the divine?



Professor Martin Conway
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Professor Martin Conway

Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Associate Dean of Research, City University (10/12/13) : What adults can remember from childhood and what they believe they can remember



Dr David Barrett

From the 2011 - 2012 lecture series

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Dr David Barrett

Writer (18/10/11) : The Church of Scientology – a Scientific or an Esoteric Religion?



Dr Rupert Sheldrake
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Dr Rupert Sheldrake

Biologist and author (07/02/11):  The Science Delusion: Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry



Deborah Hyde

From the 2010 - 2011 lecture series:

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Deborah Hyde 

Writer and blogger (26/10/10) : Demons and nightmares: Why do People Believe in the Malign Supernatural? 



Simon Dein
Simon Dein
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Medicine, UCL (16/11/10)
"A Messiah from the Dead: What Really Happens When Prophecy Fails"


Daniela Rudloff
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Daniela Rudloff
Department of  Psychology, University of Leicester (23/11/10)
"Mental 'Short-Cuts'- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"



Paul Rogers
Paul Rogers
School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire (01/02/11)
"Paranormal Belief and the Misperception of Coincidental Events"


David Clarke
David Clarke
Sheffield Hallam University (15/03/11)
"The Angel of Mons and Other Wartime Legends "


Dr Cara Laney

From the 2009 - 2010 lecture series:

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Dr Cara Laney

Department of Psychology, University of Leicester (06.10.09) : True vs. False Memories: Is There a Definitive Difference?



Prof. Chris French
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Prof. Chris French
Goldsmiths, University of London (10.11.09) : Something Wicked This Way Comes: Causes and Interpretations of Sleep Paralysis



Dr Mark Vernon
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Dr Mark Vernon
Writer, broadcaster and journalist (24.11.09) : Happiness: The Failure of a New Science



Prof. Richard Wiseman
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Prof. Richard Wiseman
Department of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire (16.03.10) : “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose”: How Parapsychologists Nullify Null Results



Dr Sam Parnia
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Dr Sam Parnia
University of Cornell and University of Southampton (23.03.10) : Near Death Experiences During Cardiac Arrest



Dr Rupert Sheldrake

From the 2008 - 2009 lecture series:

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Dr Rupert Sheldrake

Morphic Resonance, Collective Memory and the Habits of Nature



Dr Brian Hughes

From the 2007 - 2008 lecture series

Dr Brian Hughes

School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway (16.10.07) : Making Sense of Miracle Cures: How Psychology Makes Alternative Medicine 'Work'


Dr Rupert Sheldrake
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From the 2006 - 2007 lecture series:

Dr Rupert Sheldrake
What if Telepathy Really Happens?

Also, listen to a copy of the debate between Dr Rupert Sheldrake and Prof. Chris French, conducted at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Live debate (29.11.2006) : Does Telepathy Happen?
Listen to debate




Dr James Ost
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Dr James Ost
University of Portsmouth (5.12.2006) :The Recovered Memory Debate – A Collective False Memory?



Prof. Chris French
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Prof. Chris French
Goldsmiths College (16.01.2007) : The Placebo Effect: Myths, Muddle and Methodology.



Dr Peter Naish
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Dr Peter Naish
Open University (30.01.2007) : Hypnosis and Psychosis – The temporal connection.



Dr Konrad Talmont-Kaminski
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Dr Konrad Talmont-Kaminski
Konrad Lorenz Institute (06.02.2007) : In a Mirror, Darkly; Does rationality reflect superstition?




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