Thursday 4 June 2015
Five members of the University of Northampton’s Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes (CSAPP) recently visitedNew York as part of a project funded by the Society for Psychical Research to engage in archival research at the Parapsychology Foundation.
The group spent time at the Parapsychology Foundation library in Greenport, Long Island, to use the archive and launched the Parapsychology Foundation Forum by delivering a series of PowerPoint presentations on aspects of their work via the online education platform WizIQ. Registrants for the course came from Australia, Brazil, Egypt, India, Mexico, Peru, South Korea, and Venezuela, as well as North America and Europe.
They also attended a private meeting with the eminent parapsychologist Dr Lawrence LeShan at his home in New York City. This was a rare opportunity for the group to discuss their own research interests and activities within CSAPP and take away Dr LeShan’s views on them, his experiences within parapsychology, and his views on where he sees the field of parapsychology going.
Cal Cooper, commented: “The trip was a memorable experience in revitalising links with US based colleagues and updating people around the world on the current research in parapsychology, especially the work we’re doing at the University of Northampton.”
Located within the Psychology Division at the University of Northampton, CSAPP is recognised as a Centre of Research Excellence and is one of the largest university-based research centres devoted to research into exceptional human experience. The centre is concerned with better understanding the nature and place within communities of belief and experiences that suggest a transpersonal aspect to the human condition.
The Parapsychology Foundation was founded in 1951 by Eileen J. Garrett to support research and education in parapsychology and is particularly known for organising a series of state-of-the-field international conferences that have been published as proceedings.