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Adrian ParkerAdrian Parker holds Doctors and Masters degrees in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh, qualifying in clinical psychology 1974 from the Tavistock Clinic, London, and obtaining his doctorate at Edinburgh in 1977.

Currently Dr Parker is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Psychology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles and book chapters on clinical psychology and parapsychology, which are his main areas of research.

Born in Ravensworth, England. Qualified as a clinical psychologist from the Tavistock Clinic in 1994, a Ph.D in psychology from the University of Edinburgh, in 1977. Part of the doctoral work was published in the form of a course book States of Mind (1976) which summarizes research on consciousness and psi-phenomena. The doctoral research initiated the use of the ganzfeld technique in parapsychology as a means of producing an experimental analogue of paranormal experiences in a laboratory setting.

Licensed clinical psychologist, having held a number of clinical appointments in the adult and child clinical area both in the UK and in Sweden. In 1993, became an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in the Psychology Department, Gothenburg University, with tenure from 1997.

Member of the Swedish Psychological Association, the British Psychological Society, the Society for Psychical Research, and Council/Board Member of the Parapsychological Association, and Examiner for the Swedish Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

In the year 2000 took part in the symposium on parapsychology led by Professor Robert Morris at the XXVII International Congress of Psychology held this year in Stockholm He has been for the last three years the Editor for the European Journal of Parapsychology and is currently a Board member of the Parapsychological Association.

Ganzfeld - The Next Step: Quantifying the Qualitative (PDF)
[Synopsis: The digital real-time ganzfeld project at the Department of Psychology at Gothenburg University is aimed at developing a method that will not only incorporate extensive controls against flaws, but will have as its unique feature that of giving us a window on the potential psi-event precisely as it happens.]

Selected Publications:
Parker, A. (1976) "States of Mind". London. Dent & Sons Malaby press, New York Taplinger Books.

Parker, A. (1987) Psi in search of consensus Commentary. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 10: 4, 602-603.

Parker, A. (1990) Towards an international profession of clinical psychology: An Anglo-Swedish perspective. International Journal of Psychology, 25, 355-370.

Parker, A. (1993) The normality and abnormality of paranormal experiences: Predictions from clinical, cognitive and psi models. In L. Coly (Edit.) Psi and Clinical Practice. New York., Parapsychology Foundation.

Parker, A., Frederiksen, A., & Johansson, H. (1997). Towards specifying the recipe for success with the Ganzfeld: Replication of the Ganzfeld findings using a manual Ganzfeld with subjects reporting paranormal experiences. European Journal of Parapsychology, 13, 15- 27.

Parker, A., Grams, D., & Pettersson, C. (1998). Some further variables to psi in the Ganzfeld. Journal of Parapsychology, 62, 27-45.

Parker, A. (2000) A review of the Ganzfeld work at Gothenburg University. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 1-15.

Parker, A., Persson, A., & Haller, A. (2000) Using qualitative Ganzfeld research for theory development: top down processes in psi-mediation. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 64, 65-81

Parker, A. (2001a) Parapsychology: The good, the bad and the ugly. Paranormal Review, April, 18-26

Parker, A. (2001b) What can cognitive psychology and parapsychology tell us about near-death Experiences Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 65, 225-240

Parker, A. (20001c) The Ganzfeld: Suggested Improvements of an apparently successful method for psi research. Symposium presentation. XXVII International Congress of psychology, Stockholm. European Journal of parapsychology, 16, 23-29

Parker, A. (in press) Introduction. Book chapter in Parapsychology and Clinical Psychology. Edit. C. Alvarado. New York: Parapsychology Foundation



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