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Cognitive Dissonance

Posted by Atticus & Jay Walker on Sunday, April 17, 2011, In : Psychological 

As a skeptical based brand, it is baffling to us that people can believe in so many different things that have little or no evidence to support them and often have plenty of evidence against them.  We tend to look at these people as cranks, kooks, or loonies.  There is a tendency to ridicule and make fun of these people and sometimes this is an appropriate response, but we need to remember what Leon Festinger had to say in his book, When Prophecy Fails:

 “…through the mocking and scoffi...


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Halloween Post: The "Bloody Mary" illusion

Posted by Atticus & Brad Walters on Friday, October 29, 2010, In : Psychological 

When I was a kid, a popular ghost story that we would all tell around this time of year was the story of "Bloody Mary".  The story is actually very widespread in the UK and U.S, to the point that it has a Wikipedia page, a post on the mythbusting/fact-checking site Snopes.com, a plethora of YouTube videosdevoted to the subject, and numerous mentions in movies and television shows. 

If, somehow, you have never heard this story, it goes like this:
In Colonial times, there was a beautiful woman n...


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People More Likely To Believe In Paranormal If In Good Mood

Posted by Atticus on Thursday, October 7, 2010, In : Psychological 

Happy people are more likely to believe evidence of the supernatural and to sidestep black cats, according to a new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Vol. 92, No. 5). This effect held true whether researchers manipulated participants' mood or tapped their existing moods, notes lead author Laura King, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

In the first of a series of studies, King and her colleagues inspired a positive mood in half of the...


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Scientific Explanations of Shadow People

Posted by Atticus on Monday, May 24, 2010, In : Psychological 

Following a request for help on the RiPA forums regarding 'Shadow People',I feel that a brief rundown on explanations would be in order.
As with most supernatural phenomena there is usually a proposed logical, scientifically valid explanation for those who claim to have experienced some form of paranormal phenomenon. Usually these scientific explanations are neither geared to vilify eyewitnesses, nor do they require the violation of generally accepted scientific principles.  However, for some ...


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Church must accept reality of false memories of childhood sexual abuse

Posted by Atticus & Chris French on Monday, March 1, 2010, In : Psychological 

After attending a talk with Prof Chris French last week. It seemed that the fact that the topic of 'repressed memories' are coming under scrutiny. False memories are memories that the speaker believes to be true but tend to be full of errors. RiPA have done several talks and experiments on false memories so the fact that a Rev is trying to convince the church that false memories do not exist could be dangerous.
The following is by RiPA friend Prof. Chris French.

Last April, I wrote a column on ...


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Is precognitive thinking real or is it just coincidence?

Posted by Atticus & Historigal on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, In : Psychological 

One may scoff at the actuality of ghosts, apparitions and poltergeists; doubt psychic phenomena; be skeptical about experiments in extrasensory perception, but there is one facet which is not thus casually to be ignored – precognition.

Call it hunch, intuition, coincidence, foreboding, premonition, or anything else, precognition is one of the best documented, most common, and at the same time, most puzzling of mysteries.  What is particularly frustrating to investigators is that the great ...


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What really happens after we die and is it really possible to find out while alive?

Posted by Atticus on Friday, November 6, 2009, In : Psychological 
WHAT happens after you die? I can name you 47 men who have tried to harness the rational horsepower of science to answer this most floaty question. Some were physicians, some physicists, some psychologists. Some RiPA's. Two were Nobel prizewinners. One is a sheep rancher. They have tackled it in labs, in hospital operating rooms, in barns behind their houses. Of them, only one, to date, has landed an irrefutable proof - not a suggestive nugget or an inexplicable anomaly, but the sort of answe...
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Sleep Paralysis Study

Posted by Atticus & Prof Chris French on Monday, October 5, 2009, In : Psychological 

"The light had been switched off, and a comfortable feeling of warmth and heaviness marked the onset of sleep. But suddenly a slurping sound startled the sleeper. Everything seemed completely normal – until he noticed the green liana which had grown from the pot plant and reached his body.

"Every movement became impossible, and every scream was smothered by the plant material that was growing around his mouth and throat. Thoughts raced through the mind: This wasn't a nightmare, the realit...


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Anomalistic Psychology: What is it and why bother?... By Chris French

Posted by Atticus and Chris French on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, In : Psychological 

Chris French writes about why it is worth bothering to explore Anomalistics and Anomalistic Psychology.

RiPA looks forward to conducting alot more work and projects with Chris as RiPA feels he and his 'critical thinking' ways are an important aspect to the paranormal world.
Anomalistic psychology: What is it and why bother?
Why is it worth taking weird experiences and beliefs seriously?

I set up the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit (APRU) in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, Uni...


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Sleep paralysis

Posted by RiPA Rep on Monday, August 10, 2009, In : Psychological 


This is a fantastic article, courtesy of C. French, going into detail about sleep paralysis, sometimes confused with the 'Old Hag' syndrome.

My eyes are open and usually I get the sense that something in the room is happening, so it’s more like apprehension. It’s a sort of belief that something’s going to go off and then a shape gathers, a sort of black, small black cloud gathers and it’s the devil… a monster. And it comes onto me and I can feel its weight and basically the belief is...


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