Founded in 1882, The SPR was the first society to conduct organised scholarly research into human experiences that challenge contemporary scientific models.

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1 Oct 2015 - 7:00pm

Zofia Weaver is a past editor of the Journal and Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research. Her main areas of interest in psychical research include spontaneous cases and the investigation of famous Polish psychics. Together with Mary Rose Barrington and the late Professor Ian Stevenson she has written a comprehensive study of the Polish clairvoyant Stefan Ossowiecki, published in 2005. Her book on the physical mediumship of the Polish medium Franek Kluski was published earlier this year.

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Psychic News article on SPR participation in mediumship research

The latest issue of Psychic News (September 2015) carries an article by Lew Sutton on a presentation given at the recent SPR conference by Professor Chris Roe on mediumship research. read more >>

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SPR library on Londonist website

The Londonist website, which is devoted to promoting London, has an article on its website listing interesting London libraries. The first of these is that of the SPR. read more >>

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New Headquarters for SPR

The SPR has moved offices. After over twenty years at Marloes Rd we have moved a short distance away in Kensington, London. There will inevitably be some disruption to services, but we will try to keep this to a minimum. read more >>

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Recent Publications

Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies, by Matt Cardin (ed.)

From the publisher’s website: This fascinating work provides a complete overview of paranormal phenomena, including the beliefs, attitudes, and notable figures who have attempted to explain, defend, or debunk the mysteries behind the unknown.

Recent interest in the paranormal as pop culture fodder belies its historical status as an important subject of cultural, philosophical, and scientific significance. This book traces the trajectory of paranormal studies from its early role as a serious academic and scientific topic studied by mainstream scientists and eminent scholars to its current popularity in books, film, and TV.

This compelling reference work details the experiences, encounters, and ideas that make up this controversial field of study. The contributed entries examine the broad phenomena of the paranormal, addressing the history of scientific investigations along with its contemporary media depictions to illustrate the evolution of cultural attitudes about the paranormal. A selection of primary documents provides real-life accounts and contributions from noted experts that explore the full scope of themes from spiritualism to poltergeists to astrology. Accompanying images, timelines, quotations, and sidebars make the content come to life and encourage alternative explanations of these events.

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Contains more than 120 factual entries as well as extensive excerpts from several primary documents in the area of the paranormal;

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Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics. ABC-CLIO, July 2015. ISBN 978-1-61069-683-8