Date(s) - 22/02/2020
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
10-10.15am – Welcome & intro to ACD Centre from Ann Treherne, chair of ACD Centre
10.15-10.30am Dr Glenn Hitchman introduces the department, the speakers and gives an overview of the day’s lectures
10.30-11.15am – Professor Chris Roe: Introduction to scientific approaches to researching mediumship
11.15-11.30am – coffee break
11.30am-12.15pm – Dr Cal Cooper – Researching survival of death
12.15-1pm – Dr David Saunders – Altered states of consciousness and mediumship: the neuroscience of spiritualism
2-2.45pm Lou Spiers – Making sense of the medium’s perspective – links with epilepsy
2.45-3.30pm Rachel Evenden – Connections between Mediumship and counselling
3.30-4.15pm plenary panel led by Dr Glenn Hitchman
4.15-4.30pm closing words
4.30-5.30pm Drinks reception & book signing
Is the event accessible?
This event will take place between the ground and first floor of the centre. There is a flight of stairs and no elevator/ramp.
Are there meal options for those with dietary restrictions?
Please indicate on your booking form or call at least 48 hours in advance of the event to inform us of any special requirements
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The complete lineup for Psi Saturday. Take some time to learn a little bit about the amazing people who are hosting this series
Dr Glenn Hitchman
Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Leader of the Exceptional Experiences and Consciousness Studies research group at the University of Northampton
He’s a chartered member of the British Psychological Society, member of Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology, a member of the Society for Psychical Research and a professional member of the Parapsychology Association.
His research interests include ESP, morphic resonance, ESP, psychokinesis, anomalous experiences and trait models of personality.
Introduction to Series and Research: @ 10.15am
Leader of Plenery Panel: @ 3.30pm
Professor Chris Roe
Senior lecturer at University of Northampton. He lectures on parapsychology, the psychology of anomalous experience, research methods & data analysis. Contributor to modules on neuroscience, consciousness & spirituality & health
His research interests are on understanding the nature of anomalous phenomena and includes research on the psychology of paranormal belief and of deception and the phenomenology of paranormal experience as well as experimental approaches to test claims for ESP and psychokinesis. He is President of the Society of Psychical Research and the International Affiliate for England of the Parapsychology Foundation. He is past President of the Parapsychology Association and past chair of the British Psychological Society’s Transpersonal Psychology Review. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of the SPR and a member of Bial Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. He has authored many research papers.
Intro to Scientific Approaches to Researching Mediumship : @ 10.30am
Dr Callum E Cooper
Psychologist, Author & Science Promoter
A Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), holding postgraduate degrees in psychology, social science research methods and education, from the University of Northampton and Sheffield Hallam University. He has a long time association with the University of Northampton, and is based there as a lecturer in psychology, delivering classes and conducting research on Death and Bereavement, Positive Psychology, Human Sexual Behaviour, Parapsychology, and Research Methods.
After Death Communications: @ 4.00pm
Dr David Saunders
Lecturer at Northampton University where he lectures on lucid dreaming and neuropsychology. International award winner for his research into lucid dreaming with the International Association for the Study of Dreams
He is part of a team who are conducting EEG research into the brainwave states and areas of activation in the brains of mediums. They observed similar brainwave patterns being produced by the mediums in the study. Interestingly, the areas within the brain being activated were not those typically correlated with memory recall or thinking. More studies are required. There are exciting times ahead for neuroscientists and parapsychologists to collaborate and gain valuable insights into brain function.
Altered States of Consciousness and Mediumship: the Neuroscience of Spiritualism: @ 12.15pm
Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Counselling
Louise Spiers is a senior lecturer in Psychology and Counselling. She has written papers on a vast array of subjects from a psychological perspective.
Making Sense of the Medium’s Perspective – Links with Epilepsy: @ 2.00pm
Psychology Lecturer in the faculty of Health, Education and Society She’s a certified integrative Counsellor, full-time lecturer and associate within the Centre for the Study of Anomalous Processes at the University of Northampton
Her lectures and research covers a broad range of subjects from Counselling, Positive Psychology domains.
Her recent research has been on Clinical Parapsychology in the UK, to investigate the range and incidence (AE’s) in a secular counselling service, and the training needs of student counsellors and clinical parapsychologists.
Connections between Mediumship and Counselling: @ 2.45pm