The promotion of research is one of the most important functions of the Society.
The principal areas of study of psychical research concern exchanges between minds, or between minds and the environment, which are not dealt with by current, orthodox science. This is a large area, incorporating such topics as extrasensory perception (telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and retrocognition), psychokinesis (paranormal effects on physical objects, including poltergeist phenomena), near-death and out-of-the-body experiences, apparitions, hauntings and paranormal healing. One of the Society's aims has been to examine the question of whether we survive bodily death, by evaluating the evidence provided by mediumship, apparitions of the dead and reincarnation studies. We support, and have supported, a variety of projects undertaken both by individuals and by postgraduate students at universities.
The Society is a charity, and is continuously looking to increase its funding for parapsychology/ psychical research and education, raising funds for projects through appeals for donations and bequests, and asking members to become involved in our work on a voluntary basis.