Research

Previous Research

I graduated from Coventry University in 2000 with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Psychology. My final year project dealt with the effects of photic stimulation and private self-consciousness on visual imagination imagery in males and females.

In 2001, I graduated with an M.Sc. by Research in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. My thesis was entitled, "The Relationship of Gaze-Avoidance to Shyness and Belief in the Power of Gaze, and an Analysis of Vocabulary for Eye-Fixation Research." This study was methodologically incorporated into a study I conducted as a Research Assistant for Dr Caroline Watt. It examined the influence a researcher has during a facilitated meditation experiment. The paper outlining this study was published in 2002.

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2007 with a PhD in Psychology. My thesis was entitled "The Electrophysiological Processing of Remote Staring Detection." I was supervised by the late and great Professor Robert Morris and by Dr Paul Stevens.

Current Research

I am continuing the research interests that I developed during my PhD. These include:

  • Beliefs, attitudes and experiences of anomalous phenomena.

  • The use of experimental electroencephalography and other electrophysiological methods.

  • The implications of key elements of perceptual psychophysics on experimental results.

  • Research methods and ethical implications of researching parapsychological phenomena.

 

Research Supervision

As part of my research practice I supervise several PhD students:

  • Michael Batashvili - Neurocognitive mechanisms in maths anxiety
  • Laura Ceresatto - Behavioural inhibition in relation to smoking and drinking
  • Malcolm Schofield - Religious, spiritual, and paranormal beliefs and their impact on cognition.

Completed students:

  • Dr Kornanong Yuenyongchaiwat - Do haemodynamic responses to mental stress tests predict future blood pressure one year later? Prospective studies in the United Kingdom and Thailand (Completed September 2013)

 

Read my guide on "Becoming a Parapsychologist". I wrote this to try and advise some of the students who contact me asking about this complex issue.