Dr Callum Cooper

Tuesday, March 3 2020 at 7:30PM

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Dr Callum Cooper

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 In the early works of the Society for Psychical Research (est. 1882), it was found that experiences of ghosts and apparitions immediately following the death of a person were highly common experiences. By the 1970s, medical research had begun to acknowledge such experiences for the bereaved, which had a wide reaching impact on medical research and thanatology. Contrary to some popularly held beliefs, these After Death Communications (ADCs) have been found to be highly beneficial to the bereavement process and are almost exclusively experienced by the bereaved. However, those who have not suffered personal loss also report spontaneous experiences of the dead, and some people even seek out these experiences via sittings with spiritualist mediums, for example. But for what reasons? This presentation shall discuss the history, phenomenology, and impact of these experiences and where we find ourselves in the current research.

Dr Callum E. Cooper is a lecturer and researcher of psychology at the University of Northampton. He is the third year module co-ordinator for ‘Parapsychology & Anomalous Experiences’ and lectures on such topics as: parapsychology, positive psychology, sexual behaviour, and death and loss. Recipient of numerous awards, he holds the 2009 Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship Award (Parapsychology Foundation), the 2014 Dr Gertrude Schmeidler Award (Parapsychological Association), and was a nominee for the 2018 Ockham’s Razor Award for Excellence in Skeptical Activism (The Skeptic Magazine / QEDcon).