Seminar Series

The psychology of paranormal belief and ostensibly paranormal experiences

Whether or not paranormal forces exist is still a hotly debated issue after over a century of research into such topics. Serious researchers on both sides of the debate agree, however, that most of the evidence put forward as supporting paranormal claims does not require an explanation in those terms. There are usually quite adequate non-paranormal explanations available in terms of known psychological and/or physical factors. One of the reasons that people often resort to paranormal explanations for their experiences is because of effects of various well-known cognitive biases. This presentation will provide an overview of such biases and their relevance to paranormal claims.