The SPR’s 38th International Annual conference will be held at the University of York between Friday 5 and Sunday 7 September 2014.

The SPR’s 38th International Annual conference will be held at Vanbrugh College, at the University of York between Friday 5 and Sunday 7 September 2014. University of York is on the edge of the city centre and has very easy links to transport and all the attratctions of this historic city, so we hope you will enjoy the location. As always, our full conference programme will address a broad range of topics, covering both spontaneous cases and laboratory research. In addition to the talks, conferences are a marvelous opportunity to network and share views, and there will be time to socialise over lunch and the regular coffee breaks, not to mention during the President’s drinks reception on Friday evening and Saturday’s conference banquet. Speakers will come from all over the UK, as well as from Europe and around the world, making it truly an international event. Those who attend, whether this is their first conference or their thirty-eight, can be sure of having both an informative and a very enjoyable time. We look forward to seeing you in York!

Registration is now open.


FRIDAY 5th September



14:20 – 14:30

Welcoming Remarks




Psi and States of Mind


14:30 – 15:00

Michael Potts

Gabriel Marcel’s Contribution to Psychical Research

15:00 – 15:30

Terry Palmer

Telepathic Hypnosis – The Neglected

15:30 – 16:00

Andrew Hodrien


A Novel Approach to Testing Irwin’s Dissociational Theory



16:00 – 16:30




16:30 – 17:00

Chris Connelly

Comparing the Emotional Arousal That May Occur Between Alleged Genuine Spirit Trance and Pseudo-Trance. Preliminary Results

17:00 – 17:30

Sean O’Donnell

Rethinking Psi: Is Anti-Memory the Most Scientific Hypothesis?








SATURDAY 6th September





Psi Beliefs and Experience






09:30 – 10:00

Melvyn  Willin

An Initial Exploration and Overview of the Paranormal within the Context of the Martial Arts



10:00 – 10:30

Malcolm Schofield

Mental Representations of the Supernatural; a Cluster Analysis of Religious, Spiritual and Paranormal Belief



10:30 – 11:00

Ann Winsper &

Paul Rogers

Individual Differences in Electronic Voice Phenomena Experience




11:00 – 11:30





Dreams, Precognition and Time






11:30 – 12:00

Caroline Watt & Milan Valasek

Precognitive Dreaming:

A Report on the Perrott-Warwick Dream Registry



12:00 – 12:30

David Saunders

Comparing Individual versus Group Judgements and Testing Displacement Effects in a Dream ESP Study



12:30 – 13:00

Bernard Carr

Psi and the Specious Present







13:00 – 14:15







Psi, Physics and Causality






14:15 – 14:45

Fotini Pallikari

The Balancing Effect Revisited – PK and Random Number Generators



14:45 – 15:15

Germaine Gunther

The Interpretation and Evaluation of Meaningful Coincidences in Everyday Life



15:15 – 15:45

Paul Rogers &

John Fisk

Further Investigations of Paranormal Believer’s Susceptibility to the Conjunction Fallacy: Differences Across Conditionally Related versus Unrelated Constituent Events



15:45 – 16:15






Challenges  Facing Psychical Research in the 21st Century




16:15 – 16:45

Sarah Metcalfe 

Using Systematic Embodied Reflexivity (SEER) When Exploring the Emotional Management of Extrasensory Practitioners



16:45 – 17:15

Robert McLuhan

The Wikipedia Problem 



17:15 – 17:45

Peter McCue

Monitoring and Harassment of Anomaly Researchers



17:45 – 18:15

Steve Parsons

Follow Me, Watch Me & Click Me





Follow me, watch me & click Me


19:30 – 21:15





(circa 21:15)

After-dinner talk by

Professor Robin Wooffitt

Dept. of Sociology, University of York



SUNDAY 7th September




Challenges Facing Psychical Research in the 21st Century




09:00 – 9:30

Alan Murdie

Sex and the Poltergeist. The Influence of Sigmund Freud on  the Repressed Sexuality Theory of Poltergeist Activity


09:30 – 10:00

David J Wilde & Andrew D Hodrien

Out-of-Body Experiences: an Exploration of Phenomenological Features and Development of an Experience Screening Questionnaire


10:00 – 10:30

Damon Lycourinos

Grimoires, Conjured Spirits and the Occult Body: a Phenomenology of Ritual Experience and the Body


10:30 – 11:00

Charmaine Sonnex, Chris Roe

 & Elizabeth Roxburgh              

Magic(k): Essential Aspects of Successful Neo-Pagan Spell Work


11:00 – 11:30





11:30 – 12:00

Ross Friday & David Luke

Now See Hear! Detecting Being Watched or Listened to via Extrasensory Means


12:00 – 12:30

Ian Baker

A New Measure of Belief in Remote Staring Detection and its Personality Correlates?


12:30 – 13:00


Panel Discussion on Spontaneous Cases. The Increase in Cases  Reported to the SPR







13:00 – 14:00


….. and Farewells


September 5th, 2014 2:00 PM   through   September 7th, 2014 2:00 PM
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom
Registration options
Friday sessions £ 55.00
Friday evening informal Dinner £ 18.00
Saturday sessions including buffet Lunch £ 120.00
Saturday evening Gala Dinner (with wine/juice/water) £ 42.00
Sunday sessions including Lunch £ 67.00
Accommodation (includes breakfast)
SINGLE room - Friday £ 45.00
SINGLE room - Saturday £ 45.00
DOUBLE room - Friday (PER ROOM) £ 90.00
DOUBLE room - Saturday (PER ROOM) £ 90.00
Non-member surcharge per HALF-day £ 15.00
Student discount per HALF-day £ -15.00