“How does our mind interpret unusual experiences?” - Research study

Raphael Underwood at King's College London's Department of Psychology is carrying out research into unusual experiences:

NB Participants need to be based in the London area.

 
We are interested in talking to people who have had mystical, psychic, spiritual or paranormal experiences on at least an occasional basis, in the last five years.
 
Participation in the study is entirely voluntary and we offer £20 for your time plus travel costs you may incur in attending the one-off research session
 
What is the study about?
 
Many people describe having experiences which are ‘unusual’ or different to ordinary day-to-day experiences (e.g. extra-sensory perception or communication, awareness of an alternative reality or different dimension to life, psychic episodes or spiritual-type experiences). These experiences can be positive and enriching for some but distressing for others, who may need further support in understanding and coping with them.
 
This research study will attempt to identify what distinguishes people whose experiences may become distressing from those who experience them as positive.
 
We are especially interested in understanding how people interpret or make sense of their ‘unusual’ experiences and which different factors may influence this.
 
If I take part, what will it involve?
 
Firstly, we chat briefly on the telephone so we both have a chance to ask questions and to decide together if this study is appropriate for you. If we both agree you are able to take part we then meet for a one-off research session.
 
The research session should take about 1 hour. We will ask you to complete some computer- and phone app-based tasks involving simple tests of reasoning and attention.
 
We will also ask you to complete a set of questionnaires including questions about your specific experiences, your current mood and situation. All of our questions will be asked in a sensitive, non-judgemental and empathic way.
 
If you would like to take part in the study or if you have any questions 
please contact: 
 
Raphael Underwood
 
raphael.underwood@kcl.ac.uk
Tel: 07425156526
 
All information given in this study is strictly confidential and stored following strict data protection guidelines and only the researchers will be able to identify your details.
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