Current Research Projects
Dr. Peter Bancel, research physicist at the Institut Metapsychique International, Paris.
Project: Investigation of how insights from quantum theory can best inform theoretical progress in psi research.
Ross Friday, PhD student in the Department of Psychology and Counselling at the University of Greenwich, England.
Project: Examination of individual differences in psychosocial and neurological predictors of surveillance detection via ESP.
David Marcusson-Clavertz, PhD student in the Department of Psychology at Lund University, Sweden.
Project: Replication study of precognition avoidance of negative stimuli.
Dr. Katy Price, Lecturer in English at Queen Mary University in London, England.
Project: Book research into precognition in the 20th century, including visits to the Rhine archives in Durham, North Carolina, USA.
Prof. Chris Roe, Professor of Psychology, and Rebecca Linnett, psychology undergraduate, at the University of Northampton.
Project: Content analysis of spontaneous cases of psi in the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre database.
Dr. Lance Storm, Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
Project: Update of Lawrence’s (1993) meta-analysis of sheep/goat effects in ESP research, focusing on forced-choice studies conducted from 1994 to 2014.
Dr. David Vernon, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, England.
Project: Exploration of precall (precognition) effects using arousing images.
Survival Research Grants
Callum E. Cooper, Psychologist and Lecturer at the University of Northampton
Project: Glimpses of survival within experiences of the bereaved and anomalous experiences and survival of death in Egyptian culture. Callum has published several books, including Conversations with Ghosts, a collection of writings by psychic Alex Tanous, which was supported by the Fund.
John Fraser, SPR Council member and member of the Spontaneous Cases Committee of the SPR
Project: Analysis of evidence and witness testimony relating to phenomena at ‘the Cage’, former holding cells at St Osyth, Essex, UK. John has written his report and gave a lecture at the SPR He has also done some further research on this using the archives of Essex Council.
Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Iceland
Project: Book on cases of the reincarnation type. Erlendur is well-known for his research on reincarnation cases. His book on the Icelandic medium Indridi Indridason was also supported by the Fund.
Alan Murdie, barrister, Chairman of the Spontaneous Cases Committee of the SPR
Project: Follow-up of a study of two collections of poltergeist communications ascribed to discarnates (from 1956 and 1984) Alan will give the next Gwen Tate Memorial Lecture on this subject.
Dr Annekatrin Puhle, Philosopher and health consultant
Project: Bringing the evidence for survival together from dreams, ordinary and lucid dreams, including case studies from the Alister Hardy Religious Experiences Research Centre.
Dr David Rousseau, systems philosopher and SPR Council member; Dr Michael Nahm, biologist; Prof. Bruce Greyson, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia
Project: Radical asymmetry between cerebral and cognitive development: a review and case collection. This is an investigation of the prevalence and significance of cases that demonstrate a radical lack of correlation between normal cognitive and cerebral development. Such cases suggest that the dependence of mental capacities on brain processes may be contingent rather than essential, and hence may be important for establishing a theory of survival of consciousness.
Dr. Gregory Shushan, Perrott-Warrick Researcher at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford.
Project: Study of afterlife beliefs, near death experiences and shamanism in indigenous religions