Spooky goings on in Psychology!

Given that it is Halloween, it seems only right to discuss some recent psychology experiments relating to potential paranormal phenomenon! Can ‘psychics’ sense information others can’t? Today Merseyside Sceptics Society published the results of a ‘Halloween psychic challenge’. They invited a number of the UK’s top psychics* to attempt to prove their abilities under controlled…

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Can a neuroscientist read your mind?

Media reports into recent research have claimed that neuroscientists are now effectively able to perform ‘mind reading’. Such reporting inevitable raises ethical questions about what applications such research might eventually be put to, and, judging by some of the comments that the on-line versions of these articles have provoked, have alarmed some people regarding the…

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Anxiety enhances sense of smell

By Maria Panagiotidi Anxious people have a heightened sense of smell, when it comes to sniffing out a threat, according to a new study by Elizabeth Krusemark and Wen Li from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. The results of their study will be published online in the journal Chemosensory Perception. The sense of…

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The dangers of self-report

A common methodology in behavioural science is to use self-report questionnaires to gather data. Data from these questionnaire can be used to identify relationships between scores on the variable(s) that the questionnaire is assumed to measure and either performance on behavioural tasks, physiological measures taken during an experiment, or even scores obtained from other questionnaires…

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