APRU Invited Speaker Series 2015-16

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We hold seminars on Tuesdays at 6.10pm in Room LG01 of The Professor Stuart Hall Building, formerly known as The New Academic Building. Be sure to check out our maps and directions to find the building. All talks are open to staff, students and members of the public. Attendance is free and there is no need to book in advance. For further information, contact Duncan Colvin at

Notice: You are strongly recommended to join the APRU’s Psychology of the Paranormal email list. When you join the list, we will let you know about any changes to the programme as well as news of related events. You can also follow @chriscfrench on Twitter for announcements (including news of last-minute cancellations, changes of venue, etc.).

Autumn Term

29 Sept

Professor David Hand
Imperial College London
"The Improbability Principle: Why coincidence, miracles, and rare events happen every day."

20 Oct 

Dr Nick Medford
Sussex University
"Who am I? The brain and the self in health and disease"

27 Oct 

Deborah Hyde
Editor of The Skeptic magazine
"What can we learn about people from fairies?

10 Nov

Michael Heap
University of Sheffield
"What's wrong with hypnosis?"

17 Nov

Dr Jason Braithwaite (Speaker cancelled)
University of Birmingham
"This dissociated brain: What do dissociative experiences and out-of-body experience (OBE) tell us about self-consciousness?"

1 Dec

Dr Julia Shaw
London South Bank University
"But it feels so real! Creating detailed memories of crimes that never happened"

Spring Term

12 Jan 

Ian Ridpath
Science writer and broadcaster
"UFOs: Fact or fantasy?"

19 Jan 

Professor Fiona Gabbert
Goldsmiths, University of London
"Your memory or mine? The effects of discussion on memory"

26 Jan

Dr Sarah Beck
University of Birmingham
"The development of counterfactual thinking: How children use imagination to think about reality"

9 Feb

Dr Raphael Underwood
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London
"Cognitive and neural processes in the pathway to psychosis"

23 Feb

***CANCELLED*** Glen Carrigan ***CANCELLED***
University of Central Lancashire
"Brains, bats, Star Trek and psychopaths: The neuropsychology of morality"

1 Mar

Professor Daniel Freeman
University of Oxford
"Paranoia: Advances in understanding and treatment"

8 Mar

Professor Erlendur Haraldson
University of Iceland
"Arguments and evidence for and against an afterlife"

15 Mar

Dr Dan Jolley
Staffordshire University
"The social psychological consequences of consipiracy theories"

22 Mar

Dr Roger Newport
University of Nottingham
"Things that make you go weird"