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

Professor Loftus sitting in front of a bookshelf.

The Memory Factory

University of California, Irvine. 25 March 2015.


Professor Chris French

A headshot of 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

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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.


Cal Cooper

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Ghost Therapy

University of Northampton. 14 October 2014.

Professor Karen Douglas

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The psychology of belief in conspiracy theories: Correlates, causes and consequences

School of Psychology, University of Kent. 21 October 2014.


Dr Brooke Magnanti

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What will death be like?

Forensic scientist and writer. 27 October 2014.


Jamie Bartlett

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The Dark Net: What happens under the conditions of anonymity?

Demos Think-tank. 18 November 2014.


Professor Chris Roe

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What have we learned from experimental tests of dream ESP?

University of Northampton. 25 November 2014.


John Sweeney

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Brainwashing people is wrong

Journalist and author. 2 December 2014.


Professor Edzard Ernst

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Homeopathy ... and the ‘4th law of thermodynamics'

University of Exeter. 13 January 2015.


Jonny Scaramanga

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“Designed for programming the mind”: Lessons from a method of indoctrination

Institute of Education. 10 February 2015.


Professor Konrad Talmont-Kaminski

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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

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Artificial paradises? Anomalistic Psychology and the psychedelic experience

University of Greenwich. 24 March 2015


Meirion Jones

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How to make millions with a bogus bomb detector

Investigations Producer, BBC. 12 November 2013.


Dr Niall McCrae

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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

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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 David Barrett

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The Church of Scientology – a Scientific or an Esoteric Religion?

Writer. 18 October 2011.

Dr Rupert Sheldrake

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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.

Deborah Hyde

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Demons and nightmares: Why do People Believe in the Malign Supernatural?

Writer and blogger. 26 October 2010.

Simon Dein

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A Messiah from the Dead: What Really Happens When Prophecy Fails

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Medicine, UCL. 16 November 2010.

Daniela Rudloff

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Mental 'Short-Cuts'- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Department of  Psychology, University of Leicester. 23 November 2010.

Paul Rogers

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Paranormal Belief and the Misperception of Coincidental Events

School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire. 1 February 2011.

David Clarke

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The Angel of Mons and Other Wartime Legends

Sheffield Hallam University. 15 March 2011.

Dr Cara Laney

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True vs. False Memories: Is There a Definitive Difference?

Department of Psychology, University of Leicester. 6 October 2009.

Dr Mark Vernon

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Happiness: The Failure of a New Science

Writer, broadcaster and journalist. 24 November 2009.

Professor Richard Wiseman

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“Heads I Win, Tails You Lose”: How Parapsychologists Nullify Null

Department of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire. 16 March 2010.

Dr Sam Parnia

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Near Death Experiences During Cardiac Arrest

University of Cornell and University of Southampton. 23 October 2010.

Dr Brian Hughes

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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

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The Recovered Memory Debate – A Collective False Memory?

University of Portsmouth. 5 December 2006.

Dr Peter Naish

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Hypnosis and Psychosis – The temporal connection

Open University. 30 January 2007.