I’m excited to announce that my new book – indeed my first solo-authored book – will be launched at the Edinburgh International Science Festival on 7th April. Parapsychology: A Beginner’s Guide is published by Oneworld as part of their Beginner’s Guide series. My book aims to provide an engaging, authoritative and balanced introduction to parapsychology, in three sections. First, testing psychic claimants. Second, anomalous experiences. And third, laboratory research.
I am thrilled that the book has been favourably reviewed by Professor Robert Rosenthal (Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, and an expert in behavioural research methodology), who said:
Dr Caroline Watt’s new Beginner’s Guide to Parapsychology is a wonderfully clearly and engagingly written introduction to the domain of parapsychology, an introduction that manages to be broadly encompassing, rigorous, and scholarly, but yet remain nontechnical. In a highly controversial domain of science in which many scientists have been quite closed-minded and dogmatic, this book presents a balanced, open-minded, and data-driven overview of the domain and its controversial nature. The book is an excellent read for those who just want to know what’s been studied, how it’s been studied, and what’s been learned so far, as well as for those who want to go on and conduct serious research of their own on the topics covered.
And Etzel Cardeña, Ph. D., Thorsen Professor in Psychology, Lund University, Sweden. Co-editor of Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century stated:
The novice seeker of a trustworthy source on the possible reality of telepathy, ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night (or the day) faces a daunting challenge. On the one hand s/he will encounter supercilious and aggressive dismissals of experiences that people have reported throughout history, on the other books that promise that the latest idea in psychology or quantum mechanics explains it all. Caroline Watt, the head of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit and a leader in the field delivers something very different. She excels at the very hard task of introducing a complex and contentious field in a balanced way. She has written an authoritative yet entertaining guide to what scientific research has shown (and not shown) about this fascinating field.
I hope you’ll like it too, and that if you’re not too far from Edinburgh you’ll be able to come along to my Edinburgh Science Festival event on 7th April, and discover how science explores the paranormal.