Under the Paranormal Curve: Comparing Psychology Research Methods to Parapsychological Popular “Science”


Eric Charles Prichard – University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, Arkansas, USA

Series: Research Methodology and Data Analysis
BISAC: SOC024000
DOI: 10.52305/MXME7800

This book is intended for anyone interested in psychological research, parapsychological topics, and students and teachers who are participating in psychology research methods courses. The book compares and contrasts the methodologies and approaches used by psychological scientists with those used by parapsychologists. In addition to covering the basics of correlational research, experimental research, and statistics, the book also discusses the often-fascinating intersection of psychology and parapsychology throughout history. Among other topics covered readers will learn of William James’ involvement in a club of paranormal enthusiasts, the oddball world of ghost hunting, and Stanford’s history with psychic experiments. Readers will learn what differentiates science from pseudoscience and hopefully also learn a little about the nature of belief itself.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Some Personal Reflections about Science

Chapter 1. James v. Hall: Psychology Differentiates Itself from Parapsychology

Chapter 2. Ghosted by the Evidence

Chapter 3. What Paranormal Flaps Teach Us about Spurious Correlations

Chapter 4. The Psychics Go to Stanford: The Confounding History of ESP “Experiments”

Chapter 5. A Discourse Concerning the Ethics of Watching Paranormal Programs (Featuring a Sasquatch Named Tim)

Chapter 6. An Optional Recap of Statistics


Author’s ORCID iD

Eric Charles Prichard0000-0002-9625-0586

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