“Parapsychology and Psychology: An Introduction” by Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D., January 19th, 2020

Presented for the Parapsychology Research and Education free online course, otherwise known as ParaMOOC.

Abstract: This presentation summarizes aspects of the relationship between parapsychology and psychology. In addition to a common history with psychology, it is argued that parapsychological phenomena are psychological phenomena and part of the realm of psychology. This is supported by the results of experimental and survey research relating ESP and other phenomena to personality and cognitive variables. In addition, parapsychology has implications for various psychological topics. Examples include the study of the variety of human experience; concerns arising from clinical practice; attitude and belief change; individual differences; and the expansion of human potential.


Carlos S. Alvarado has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Edinburgh and holds master’s degrees in parapsychology (MS, John F. Kennedy University), and in history (MA, Duke University). His work has centered on studies about the history of psychical research, and on survey research (on out-of-body experiences and other psychic experiences). Alvarado is a Research Fellow at the Parapsychology Foundation, an Adjunct Research Faculty at Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), and is the recipient of the 2017 Parapsychological Association’s Outstanding Career Award. He is one of the editors of Research in Parapsychology 1993 (Scarecrow Press, 1998), the author of “Charles Richet: A Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist’s Explorations of Psychic Phenomena” (White Crow Books, 2019), and has published over 340 articles in psychology, psychiatry, and parapsychology journals.

The ParaMOOC series is an annual free online course on parapsychology research and education organized by Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado and Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone and supported by the Parapsychology Foundation.

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Published on November 29, 2020