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The Psychology of Paranormal Belief

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Foreword by Richard Wiseman and Caroline A. Watt Acknowledgements 1 Introduction 2 Sociocultural influences on paranormal belief 3 The psychometrics of paranormal belief 4 The social marginality hypothesis 5 The worldview hypothesis 6 The cognitive deficits hypothesis 7 The psychodynamic functions hypothesis 8 Theoretical integration: a causal model of belief in scientifically unaccepted phenomena References Appendices: Some historically significant measures of paranormal belief Author index Subject index

About the Author

Dr Harvey J Irwin has an international reputation in research on the psychology of paranormal beliefs and parapsychological experiences. His other publications include over a hundred papers in academic journals and three books, including the highly praised and widely used text An Introduction to Parapsychology. Dr Irwin was a member of the School of Psychology in the University of New England, Australia for over 30 years, teaching a variety of courses from parapsychology to psychopathology, and serving as Head of the School for some years. Since his recent formal retirement from academia he has remained active in research and remains an Honorary Research Fellow in his former university. In 2002 the Parapsychological Association accorded Dr Irwin its Outstanding Research Contribution Award in recognition of his empirical and theoretical work in parapsychology over 25 years.


"Fills the gap because it is up to date, formally written, and wide in scope . . . a particularly useful resource for students and teachers alike . . . as a textbook, Irwin's book is the best of its kind." --"Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research" on "An Introduction to Parapsychology"

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