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
The Memory Factory
University of California, Irvine. 25 March 2015.
Professor Chris French
The psychology of possession and exorcism
Something Wicked This Way Comes: Causes and Interpretations of Sleep Paralysis
Goldsmiths, University of London. 10 November 2009.
The Placebo Effect: Myths, Muddle and Methodology
Dr Karen Majors
The phenomenon of children’s imaginary companions: An exploration of their characteristics and purposes they serve
East London Consortium of Educational Psychologists and Institute of Education. 10 October 2014.
University of Northampton. 14 October 2014.
Professor Karen Douglas
The psychology of belief in conspiracy theories: Correlates, causes and consequences
School of Psychology, University of Kent. 21 October 2014.
Dr Brooke Magnanti
What will death be like?
Forensic scientist and writer. 27 October 2014.
The Dark Net: What happens under the conditions of anonymity?
Demos Think-tank. 18 November 2014.
Professor Chris Roe
What have we learned from experimental tests of dream ESP?
University of Northampton. 25 November 2014.
Brainwashing people is wrong
Journalist and author. 2 December 2014.
Professor Edzard Ernst
Homeopathy ... and the ‘4th law of thermodynamics'
University of Exeter. 13 January 2015.
“Designed for programming the mind”: Lessons from a method of indoctrination
Institute of Education. 10 February 2015.
Professor Konrad Talmont-Kaminski
Magical thinking and religion
Aarhus University, Masaryk University in Brno, and University of Finance & Management in Warsaw. 10 March 2015.
In a Mirror, Darkly; Does rationality reflect superstition?
Konrad Lorenz Institute. 6 February 2007.
Dr David Luke
Artificial paradises? Anomalistic Psychology and the psychedelic experience
University of Greenwich. 24 March 2015
How to make millions with a bogus bomb detector
Investigations Producer, BBC. 12 November 2013.
Dr Niall McCrae
Spiritual experiences in temporal lobe epilepsy: Neuropsychiatric symptom or portal to the divine?
Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kings College London. 4 February 2014.
Professor Martin Conway
What adults can remember from childhood and what they believe they can remember
Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Associate Dean of Research, City University. 10 December 2013.
Dr Rupert Sheldrake
The Science Delusion: Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry
Biologist and author. 7 February 2011.
Morphic Resonance, Collective Memory and the Habits of Nature
From the 2008-2009 lecture series.
What if Telepathy Really Happens?
From the 2006 - 2007 lecture series.
Does Telepathy Happen?
A debate between Dr Rupert Sheldrake and Prof. Chris French, conducted at Trinity College, Cambridge. Live debate 29 November 2006.
Demons and nightmares: Why do People Believe in the Malign Supernatural?
Writer and blogger. 26 October 2010.
A Messiah from the Dead: What Really Happens When Prophecy Fails
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Medicine, UCL. 16 November 2010.
Mental 'Short-Cuts'- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Department of Psychology, University of Leicester. 23 November 2010.
Paranormal Belief and the Misperception of Coincidental Events
School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire. 1 February 2011.
The Angel of Mons and Other Wartime Legends
Sheffield Hallam University. 15 March 2011.
Dr Cara Laney
True vs. False Memories: Is There a Definitive Difference?
Department of Psychology, University of Leicester. 6 October 2009.
Dr Mark Vernon
Happiness: The Failure of a New Science
Writer, broadcaster and journalist. 24 November 2009.
Professor Richard Wiseman
“Heads I Win, Tails You Lose”: How Parapsychologists Nullify Null
Department of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire. 16 March 2010.
Dr Sam Parnia
Near Death Experiences During Cardiac Arrest
University of Cornell and University of Southampton. 23 October 2010.
Dr Brian Hughes
Making Sense of Miracle Cures: How Psychology Makes Alternative Medicine 'Work'
School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway. 16 October 2007.
Dr James Ost
The Recovered Memory Debate – A Collective False Memory?
University of Portsmouth. 5 December 2006.
Dr Peter Naish
Hypnosis and Psychosis – The temporal connection
Open University. 30 January 2007.