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The Psychology of Ghosts and Hauntings

Free Lunchtime lecture by Professor Chris French. Part of the Original London Ghost Festival week 2010.

Sceptics are unconvinced that claims of ghosts and haunting must be explained in paranormal terms. Deliberate fraud and sincere misinterpretation of natural events have been given as alternative explanations but recent research by psychologists and parapsychologists has indicated that a number of environmental factors appear to be associated with a tendency for susceptible individuals to report sensations typically associated with "haunted" locations. Factors reported to be associated with such sensations include fluctuations in the electromagnetic field and the presence of infrasound. A brief review of such work will be presented in this talk, followed by the results of the "Haunt" project, in which an attempt was made to construct an artificial "haunted" room by systematically varying such environmental factors.
Professor Chris French is the Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has published over 100 articles and chapters covering a wide range of topics within psychology. His main current area of research is the psychology of paranormal beliefs and anomalous experiences. He frequently appears on radio and television casting a sceptical eye over paranormal claims. He is the editor of The Skeptic and writes a regular column for the Guardian's online science pages. The London Ghost Festival and City of London Libraries are grateful to Chris for giving his time for free.

Free event, no pre-booking or ticket required. Seating capacity 50 plus standing room, please arrive a little early to secure a seat.


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Date and Time:

26 October 2010 at 12:30 pm


1 hour



Shoe Lane Library
Hill House
1 Little New Street
020 75837178

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No ticket or pre-booking required. Seating capacity 50 for each talk plus standing room. We suggest arriving a little early to secure a seat.

Additional Information:

Nearest Public Transport: Chancery Lane Tube (Central Line) or City Thameslink (Ludgate Hill). Buses - Fleet Street or Farringdon Road.

Contact: 020 7583 7178 or shoelane@cityoflondon.gov.uk


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