Resources: Readings





Dr Watt has co-authored two parapsychology books:

The highly acclaimed and most widely-adopted parapsychology textbook: Irwin, H.J. & Watt, C. (2007). An Introduction to Parapsychology Fifth Edition. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

This thoroughly updated fifth edition provides an introductory survey of parapsychologists' efforts to explore the authenticity
and bases of anomalous, apparently paranormal phenomena.The book outlines the origins of parapsychological research and critically reviews investigations of extrasensory perception, psychokinesis, poltergeist phenomena, near-death and out-of-body experiences, and evaluates parapsychology as a scientific exercise.

Wiseman, R. & Watt, C. (Eds.) (2005). Parapsychology. In the series: International Library of Psychology. Aldershot: Ashgate. This book is a reader containing reprints of 26 key papers in parapsychology:


Other Recommended Books

History of Parapsychology:
Beloff, J. (1993). Parapsychology: A Concise History. London: Athlone.

Learning and Teaching Parapsychology:
Irwin, H.J. (2013). Education in Parapsychology: Student and Instructor Perspectives. Gladesville, NSW: AIPR.

Anomalous Experiences:
Cardena, E., Lynn, S., & Krippner, S. (Eds.) (2000). Varieties of Anomalous Experience. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Laboratory Psi Research:
Edge, H., Morris, R.L., Palmer, J., & Rush, J. (1986). Foundations of Parapsychology. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Radin, D. I. (1997). The Conscious Universe. New York: HarperCollins.

Methodological Guidelines:
Milton, J. & Wiseman, R. (1997). Guidelines for Extrasensory Perception Research. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press.
Wiseman, R. & Morris, R.L. (1995). Guidelines for Testing Psychic Claimants. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press.

Controversies in Parapsychology:
Alcock, J., Burns, J., & Freeman, A. (Eds.) (2003). Psi Wars: Getting to Grips with the Paranormal. Exeter: Imprint Academic.


Downloads of selected publications by Dr Watt

Note: In most cases (indicated by an asterisk), pre-publication versions are provided. Please refer to the final published versions if you wish to cite these papers.


Wiseman, R., Watt, C., ten Brinke, L., Porter, S., Couper, S.L. & Rankin, C. (2012). The eyes don’t have it: Lie detection and neuro-linguistic programming. PLoS ONE 7(7): e40259. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040259 (link to article)

*Mobbs, D. & Watt, C. (2011). There is nothing paranormal about near-death experiences: How neuroscience can explain seeing bright lights, meeting the dead, or being convinced you are one of them. Trends in Cognitive Science, 15, 447-506. Download pdf (200KB).

Easter, A. & Watt, C. (2011). It's good to know: How treatment knowledge and belief affect the outcome of distance healing intentionality for arthritis sufferers. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 71, 86-89. Download pdf (380KB).

Wiseman, R. & Watt, C. (2010). 'Twitter' as a new research tool: Proof of principle with a mass-participation test of remote viewing. European Journal of Parapsychology, 25, 89-100. Download pdf (160KB).

*Rabeyron, T. & Watt, C. (2010). Paranormal experiences, mental health and mental boundaries, and psi. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 487-492. Download pdf (Draft: 505KB).

*Watt, C. (2006). Research assistants or budding scientists? A Review of 96 undergraduate student projects at the Koestler Parapsychology Unit. Journal of Parapsychology, 70, 335-356. Download pdf (162KB). (published 2008)

*Watt, C., Watson, S.,  & Wilson, L. (2007). Cognitive and psychological mediators of anxiety: Evidence from a study of paranormal belief and perceived childhood control. Personality and Individual Differences, 42, 335-343. Download pdf (Draft: 309KB).

*Wiseman, R. & Watt, C. (2006).  Belief in psychic ability and the misattribution hypothesis: A qualitative review.  British Journal of Psychology, 97, 323-338. Download pdf (154KB).

*Schlitz, M., Wiseman, R., Watt, C., & Radin, D. (2006).  Of two minds: Skeptic-proponent collaboration within parapsychology.  British Journal of Psychology, 97, 313-322. Download pdf (119KB).

Watt, C. (2006).  Twenty years at the Koestler Parapsychology Unit.  The Psychologist, 19, 424-427. Download pdf (85KB).

*Watt, C. (2005). 2005 Presidential Address: Parapsychology’s contribution to psychology: A view from the front line. Journal of Parapsychology, 69, 215-232. Download pdf (110KB).

*Wiseman, R. & Watt, C. (2004).  Measuring superstitious belief: Why lucky charms matter.  Personality and Individual Differences, 37, 1533-1541. Download pdf (Draft: 220KB).

*Watt, C. & Nagtegaal, M. (2004).  Reporting of blind methods: An interdisciplinary survey.  Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 68, 105-114. Download pdf (95KB).

*Watt, C., & Ramakers, P. (2003).  Experimenter effects with a remote facilitation of attention focusing task: A study with multiple believer and disbeliever experimenters.  Journal of Parapsychology, 67, 99-116. Download pdf (170KB).

Wiseman, R., Watt, C., Stevens, P., Greening, E., & O’Keeffe, C.  (2003).  An investigation into alleged ‘hauntings’.  British Journal of Psychology, 94, 195-211. Download pdf (220KB).

*Watt, C. & Wiseman, R. (2002). Experimenter differences in cognitive correlates of paranormal belief and in psi. Journal of Parapsychology, 66, 371-408. Download pdf (299KB).

Watt, C.A. & Morris, R.L. (1995).  The relationships among performance on a prototype indicator of perceptual defence/vigilance, personality, and extrasensory perception. Personality and Individual Differences, 19, 635-648. Download pdf (1,668KB).

Watt, C.A. (1990-1991).  Psychology and Coincidences. European Journal of Parapsychology, 8, 66-84. Download pdf (1,870KB).



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