Anomalistic Psychology course resources


The Anomalistic Psychology course is run as one module of the BSc Psychology programme at Goldsmiths, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The Goldsmiths department is one of a relatively small group of similar departments which offers such course options, although this number is steadily increasing.

Enquiries are sometimes made by individuals who are interested in finding out more about the Anomalistic Psychology course, requesting access to course notes, handouts and reading lists. The college runs an online learning environment called '' which permits access to the details and resources used by some courses and lecturers. Although this general facility is primarily directed at Goldsmiths students, the most current resources used within the Anomalistic Psychology course are freely and publicly available using the directions below.

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Recommended reading:

While the books below can be found in the , links are provided to Google Books for ease of access by individuals not affiliated with Goldsmiths. The books marked with an asterisk are only available as a limited preview through Google Books. Please note, for copyright reasons none of the books are available through Google Books in their entirety.

A more comprehensive reading list can be obtained from, by following the instructions above.

French, C. (2009). Anomalistic psychology. In M. Cardwell, L. Clark, C. Meldrum, & A. Wadeley (eds.). Psychology A2 for AQA A. 4 th ed. London: Collins. Pp. 472-505.

Alcock, J., Burns, J., & Freeman, A. (eds.). (2003). Psi Wars: Getting to Grips with the Paranormal. Exeter: Imprint Academic.

*Cardena, E., Lynn, S. J., & Krippner, S. (2000). Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

Carroll, R. T. (2003). The Skeptic’s Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions & Dangerous Delusions.  The same information can be found on-line at 

Della Sala, S. (ed.) (2007). Tall Tales About the Mind & Brain: Separating Fact from Fiction. New York: Oxford University Press.

*Goode, E. (2000). Paranormal Beliefs: A Sociological Introduction. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. 

Henry, J. (ed.). (2005). Parapsychology: Research on Exceptional Experiences. Hove, East Sussex: Routledge. (Pro-paranormal approach)

*Hines, T. (2003). Pseudoscience and the Paranormal. 2 nd ed. Amherst, NY: Prometheus.

*Hoggart, S., & Hutchinson, M. (1995). Bizarre Beliefs . London: Richard Cohen Books.

Hood, B. (2009). Supersense: From Superstition to Religion – The Brain Science of Belief.

Irwin, H. J., & Watt, C. (2007). An Introduction to Parapsychology . 5th ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.  (Pro-paranormal approach)

Krippner, S., & Friedman, H. L. (eds.). (2010). Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential or Human Illusion?Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
*Marks, D. (2000). The Psychology of the Psychic. 2 nd ed. Amherst, NY: Prometheus.

Radin, D. (2006). Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality. New York: Simon & Shuster.  (Pro-paranormal approach)

*Radin, D. (2009). The Noetic Universe: The Scientific Evidence for Psychic Phenomena. London: Corgi.  (Pro-paranormal approach)

*Roberts, R., & Groome, D. (eds.). (2001). Parapsychology: The Science of Unusual Experience. London: Arnold.

*Schick, T., & Vaughn, L. (2002). How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age. 3 rd ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

Smith, J. C. (2010). Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker’s Toolkit. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.