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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.

What James Randi meant to me: Chris French reflects on the passing of The Amazing Randi

Professor Chris French marks the passing of James Randi with a lookback at the influence Randi had on his life and career.

Has the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increase in ghostly encounters?

With pandemic-related anxiety and stress causing an increase in experience of sleep paralysis, we may well see an uptick in paranormal belief.

(False) memories of childhood

On 5 October 2017, I, along with four other memory researchers, read out an essay on memory in front of an audience at the...

Spreading Fake News

J K ROWLING RECENTLY apologised for a tweet in which she had criticised Donald Trump for apparently deliberately ignoring a disabled child’s attempts to...

How Do We See What Isn’t So: Part 2

IN PART 1 OF THIS ARTICLE, I presented several examples of contexts where our inherent “effort after meaning” can lead us to see meaningful...

Chris French remembers Hilary Evans, 1929-2011

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Hilary Evans, who passed away on 27 July 2011.

Prof Chris French at the APRU

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This is the presentation given by Prof. Chris French at the APRU on 10/11/2009. Details of Prof. French's talk are below.

Title: "Something Wicked This Way Comes: Causes and Interpretations of Sleep Paralysis"

Volume 22 Issue 2 Letters: Chris French comments on the letters from Rupert Sheldrake and James Randi

Chris French comments on the exchange between Rupert Sheldrake and James Randi: One very good reason for me not raising the topic of Randi’s Pigasus...

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