Navigating the Anomalies: A Journey through the psychology of the unexplained.


Aliens, conspiracies, sleep paralysis and false memories - this series explores the world of anomalistic pyschology through the eyes of researchers, artists and writers. Through interviews, public lectures and tailored reading, this is an introduction to the world of psychology on the fringes of the explicable. Learn how it feels to be gripped by sleep paralysis, how many of your memories are real? And how can conspiracy theories become mainstream ideas.

Podcasts in this series

Sleep Paralysis and the Devil in the Room

Carla MacKinnon

Ever awoken from sleep but remained unable to move? During this paralysis, have you seen or heard things which were no longer present when fully awake? These symptoms are common experiences within sleep paralysis (SP), which is the feeling of not being able to move, either as you are going to sleep or as you are waking up. It might feel as though you cannot move your arms or legs and cannot speak or cry out. Some people also experience seeing and/or hearing things around them which are no longer present when they wake up. In this episode, filmmaker Carla MacKinnon discusses the phenomenon of sleep paralysis, which is the subject of her short film Devil in the Room. Carla is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary producer with a background in events, technology and education. Her website and trailer for Devil in the Room can be found here:

Thu, 02 Jan 14 0

Navigating the anomalies

Chris French

In the first episode, Professor Chris French explains the meaning of anomalistic psychology, and explains how some 'super powers' might be real, and why you shouldn't always assume that people are unhappy having sex with aliens!

Fri, 01 Nov 13 0