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Lecture Series

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. 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.


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From the 2011 - 2012 lecture series:

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



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Dr Rupert Sheldrake

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



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From the 2010 - 2011 lecture series:

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



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


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


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


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From the 2009 - 2010 lecture series:

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



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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



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



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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



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



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From the 2008 - 2009 lecture series:

Dr Rupert Sheldrake
Morphic Resonance, Collective Memory and the Habits of Nature




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'


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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




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



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



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



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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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