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The Koestler Parapsychology Unit (KPU) is a research group based in the Psychology Department at the University of Edinburgh.

Established in 1985, it consists of academic staff and postgraduate students who teach and research various aspects of parapsychology, including:

- the possible existence of psychic ability
- belief in the paranormal
- the psychology of anomalous experiences
- pseudo-psychic deception and self- deception
- the social and historical relevance of parapsychology.

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TRIAL REGISTRY: The KPU hosts a Registry for Parapsychological Experiments which is operated by Caroline Watt and Jim Kennedy. Pre-registering studies is one way to enhance the methodological quality of research. For further information, click here.

ONLINE PARAPSYCHOLOGY COURSE: The next run of this highly-regarded course, led by KPU founder member Dr Caroline Watt, commences 13th April 2015. Click here for more information about the course. Click here for a review of the course published in Skeptical Inquirer. If you'd like to join the April 2015 course, or have any questions about it, please contact Dr Watt. The next course after that commences 14th September 2015.

DECEMBER 2014 - PRECOGNITIVE DREAM EXPERIENCES: Dr Caroline Watt held the position of Perrott-Warrick Senior Researcher between October 2010 and December 2014. This supported a research programme into the psychology and parapsychology of precognitive dream experiences. For information about the findings of this work, click here.

DECEMBER 2014: Congratulations to Dr Marios Kittenis, who has been awarded funding from the Bial Foundation to support a two-year continuation of his research at the KPU into EEG and hypnosis.