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.
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.
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.
- 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.