Psychology

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.

‘A Mystery to Ourselves’: from the Witches of Warboys, to an epidemic of Tik Tok tics

Our lives, our peers and the times we live in can have compelling effects on the afflictions we experience - whether those afflictions are physical, or psychological

ASMR: the emerging scientific quest to understand brain ‘tingles’

Science has only recently begun to explore ASMR - but the consistency of the reports from those who experience it suggest there's something worth understanding.

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

For a high-functioning society we must learn to embrace neurodiversity

Listening to the voices of diverse communities helps us foster a truly inclusive society, where we treat everyone with respect and humanity.

Psychoanalysis: Science or Pseudoscience? Examining the status of Freudian theory

From the archives, Anna Järvinen considers the status of Freudian theory...

The story of the Satanic Panic is a tale of religious and cultural paranoia in America

The Satanic Panic of the 1980s showed we don't actually need a real Satan - well-meaning, deluded and fervent people will do His work for Him.

Do astrologers have to believe in astrology?

From the archives, Nick Campion questions whether "belief" is even a particularly useful concept when applied to astrology

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