APRU Invited Speaker Series 2017-18

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We hold seminars on Tuesdays at 6.10pm in Room LG01, Professor Stuart Hall Building. Be sure to check out our maps and directions to find the campus. 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 Chris French email: c.french (@gold.ac.uk).

NB: You are strongly recommended to register (at no cost) with the APRU’s “Psychology of the Paranormal” email list to ensure that you are informed of any future 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.).

* = Event jointly hosted with Goldsmiths’ Forensic Psychology Unit


Autumn Term (2017)

3 Oct               Professor Abby Day

Goldsmiths, University of London

The ordinary, extraordinary experience of other-world relationality

NB The venue for this talk is the Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Whitehead Building


31 Oct             Dr James Davies

University of Roehampton

The making of mental disorder: the disturbing truth about the construction of the psychiatrist’s bible, the DSM

NB The venue is LG02, not LG01, in Professor Stuart Hall Building


21 Nov            Professor Erlendur Haraldsson

University of Iceland in Reykjavik

Reincarnation: Any evidence for it?


28 Nov            Dr Josh P Davis*

University of Greenwich

Recent developments in the study of super-recognisers


5 Dec               Dr Caspar Addyman

Goldsmiths, University of London

Open Science: A skeptical scientific renaissance?


12 Dec             Dr Jonathan Lanman

Queens University Belfast

Why social cognition is key for understanding who’s religious and who’s not


Spring Term (2018)


9 Jan               Leslie Cuthbert*


Lacunae in the law: Profound gaps psychology might patch


11 Jan               Aron Ra

Science Communicator and Secular Activist

Why do believers hate reality so much?


23 Jan             Jennifer Rees*

West Herts College

Exploring the mind of a psychopath


30 Jan           ***Postponed***  Dr Jackie Craissati, MBE*

Psychological Approaches

Ten myths about sex offenders

Note: “We host academic events where our students hear from experts with a wide range of views so that they can learn to examine the evidence behind arguments and think critically. Due to ongoing legal issues the Forensic Psychology Unit and the speaker have decided to postpone this event until later this year.”


6 Feb           ***Postponed***    Andy Lewis

Blogger and Developer of the Quackometer website

The meaning of quackery


27 Feb             Deborah Hyde

Editor, Skeptic magazine

The restless Ghost of Wroclow


20 Mar            Professor Alejandro Parra

Universidad Abierta Interamericana, Buenos Aires

Humanistic group therapy, mental health and anomalous/paranormal experiences


12 Jun         Professor Carolyn Hildebrandt

University of Northern Iowa, USA

The Power of Belief: The Psychology of Superstition