Past Events

October 24, 2022
Many spiritual traditions include accounts of supernormal psi-like powers that are sometimes associated with fasting and vegetarianism. For example, shamans may use fasting to support apparent abilities such as controlling the weather, and many yogis who are strict vegetarians are said to exhibit powers such as psychokinesis and telepathy.

In more modern times, a number of figures such as Hereward Carrington, Edgar Cayce, and Rudolf Steiner have related fasting and vegetarianism…
September 9, 2022
The Annual International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research will be held this year in digital form using Zoom technology during the weekend 9 -11 September, 2022.
We have invited talks from Leo Ruickbie, David Marks and Harald Walach.
The other talks will be grouped as:
August 15, 2022
Of all the people who survive a close brush with death, 80-90% remember nothing unusual, but 10-20% report that during the experience, their consciousness functioned lucidly, perceiving the material world from a position outside the physical body and/or perceiving and interacting with beings and environments not of the material world. In this webinar, Jan will present a summary of over 40 years of research on near-death experiences, including their contents; aftereffects; relationship to other…
July 11, 2022
Dr Orme-Johnson’s talk will review research showing that Transcendental Meditation produces a peaceful mind, peaceful body, and peaceful social behaviour for a peaceful world.
June 20, 2022
In this talk Dr Eric Dullin will follow-up on his presentation at the SSE-PA connexion 2021 focusing on the phenomenology of Poltergeist/hauntings/RSPK cases. The presentation will cover its evolution over the years since the middle ages, based on a database of more than 500 cases. Some new findings will be presented concerning the evolution of the structure/sequence of events according to the duration of the cases, and the results of a new clustering approach he has conducted since the work of…
May 23, 2022
Mediumship can be defined as the alleged ability to communicate regularly with deceased personalities. This is a phenomenon found in many societies around the world and can reveal itself in numerous ways such as hearing or seeing spirits, speaking or writing under the influence of spirits, and spirit possession, amongst others. Mediumistic experiences have been described as having dissociative and psychotic-like characteristics, and may occur in both religious and non-religious contexts. Many…
May 10, 2022
THIS EVENT IS FOR SPR MEMBERS ONLY and will be a small group - FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. For those of us who remember, the Forum was an occasion where we gathered at SPR HQ under the leadership of Prof John Poynton and Mary Rose Barrington and debated a recent article in one of our SPR publications.

Many of you have attended SPR Webinars held on Zoom which have been very useful for our overseas members. Unfortunately, we cannot hold Forum meetings as we used to at Vernon Mews due…
May 7, 2022
This will be the first of two study days celebrating the 140th anniversary of the founding of the SPR. It will focus on the link with physics, the early work on apparitions, the studies of mental mediums, and the importance of the archives. The emphasis will be on the future as well as the past and the day will end with a general discussion, including audience participation.
April 25, 2022
In this talk Graham Nicholls will explore the scientific research that has been undertaken into the nature of out-of-body experiences (OBEs), from the work of Karlis Osis to the current work of Patrizio Tressoldi. He will especially focus on work looking at the veridical or objective information gleaned from these experiences. He will discuss his own work with scientists including Rupert Sheldrake, Dean Radin at IONS, and The Rhine Research Center. He will also explore how the work he has done…
April 11, 2022
In this talk Prof. Kroth will explore some of the background on crop circles, working to decrypt the possible messages they contain and the implications they have for humanity.
February 28, 2022
Synchronicities, also termed meaningful coincidences, are widely experienced by people of all ages, races, and spiritual perspectives, including atheists and the faithful. Despite the popularity of Jung’s pioneering clinical explorations of this phenomenon, and the efforts by Beitman to create what he terms “coincidence science” in his 2016 book Connecting with Coincidence: The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in your Life, little empirical research has been conducted, and…
January 31, 2022
Scopaesthaesia, also known as the sense of being stared at or stare detection, is very widely experienced and the great majority of people including children say they have turned around to find someone looking at them. This sensitivity also seems to be widespread among animals and may have evolved in the context of predator-prey relationships. Yet there has so far been very little research on the subject and the very existence of this phenomenon goes against conventional materialist theory that…