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Chris French

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Chris French is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is also Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit. He frequently appears on radio and television casting a sceptical eye over paranormal claims. He writes for the Guardian and The Skeptic magazine and is a former Editor of the latter. His most recent book is Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience.

When it comes to the paranormal, do ‘sheep’ and ‘goats’ think differently? It looks like they do

A new systematic review examining cognitive functions and paranormal belief raises a few questions as to which papers were included, and why some were exclude

Is there really a recent spike in cases of spiking by injection?

Recent media reporting over the risk of being spiked by injection has caused a great deal of anxiety, without any real evidence that such an epidemic exists.

Exploding Head Syndrome is no joke – and neither is sleep paralysis

Sufferers of sleep paralysis and exploding head syndrome would experience less distress if more medical professionals were familiar with these relatively common conditions.

Why I now believe parapsychology is a science not a pseudoscience

The undeniable presence of poor practices in parapsychology doesn't mean the whole field is pseudoscientific - genuine scientific inquiry is still taking place

Recovering memories: The truth is, the Satanic Panic never really went away

The Satanic Panic never really ended in the 1980s - it continued to rumble along, waiting for a spark to reignite it back into full moral panic.

Recovering memories: Could the Satanic Panic happen again?

Ongoing public belief in the idea of repressed memories suggests that the so-called Memory Wars are not yet over, and that the Satanic Panic could happen again

Recovering memories: How the Satanic Panic led to false reports of horrific abuse

The 1980s saw a rise in belief that Satanic ritual abuse was everywhere - however, the real problems were false memories and moral panic

Romance in the stones? The power of crystals vs the power of suggestion

Crystal healing continues to undergo a resurgence in popularity, but when put to the test, believers can't tell the difference between a real crystal or a fake

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