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Who is Chris Roe?
Chris A. Roe, BSc PhD AFBPsS
CURRENT POSITION: Senior Lecturer in Psychology
CURRENT AFFILIATION: University College, NorthamptonPark, CampusBoughton, Green Road Northampton NN2 7AL
Academic qualifications:BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Psychology), Edinburgh, 1989 
PhD (Edinburgh), 1995
Membership of professional bodies
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • member of Social Psychology Section
  • member of Academic Psychology Section
  • member of Transpersonal Psychology Section
Council member Society for Psychical Research
Full member Parapsychological Association. 
Full member American Society for Psychical Research
Member Society for Scientific Exploration
Other professional responsibilities
I am editor of the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research (ISSN: 0037-1475)
From 1997 to 2003 I was editor of the quarterly The Paranormal Review (ISSN: 1369-0426)
I am the Parapsychology Foundation’s International Affiliate for England
I am a Perrott-Warrick Researcher

Research Interests
  • Psychological correlates of anomalous experiences subjectinvely labelled as ESP
  • Psychological correlates of PK performance under controlled conditions
  • Concomitants of belief in the paranormal, with the aim of characterising extreme believers and disbelievers, and elucidating the social psychological function of such beliefs.
  • The psychology of anomalous experience, particularly where such experiences are given a paranormal attribution; 
  • The psychology of deception; particularly pseudopsychic deception; Cold reading, the process of manipulating non-verbal exchanges to gain information about clients without their knowledge, especially the manner in which this exploits conventions of conversation, and makes use of population stereotypes.
  • The Barnum Effect, the process by which people accept general statements as being an accurate description of their personality.
Publications

Lawrence, T. R., Roe, C. A., & Williams, C.  (1997). Assessing the Factor Structure of the Australian Sheep-Goat Scale: Big orthogonal seven or oblique five?  Journal of Parapsychology, 61, 13-31.

Lawrence, T. R., Roe, C. A., & Williams, C.  (1998). On obliquity and the PBS: Thoughts on Tobacyk and Thomas (1997). Journal of Parapsychology, 62, 147-151.

Roe, C. A. (1995).  Pseudopsychics & the Barnum Effect. European Journal of Parapsychology, 11, 76-91.

Roe, C. A. (1996). Clients' Influence in the Selection of Elements of a Psychic Reading. Journal of Parapsychology, 60, 43-70.

Roe, C. A. (1998a).  Belief in the paranormal and attendance at psychic readings. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 90, 25-51.

Roe, C. A.  (1998b).  Looking for the other side: a review. Paranormal Review, 8, 19.

Roe, C. A.  (1999a).  Critical Thinking and Belief in the Paranormal: A re-evaluation. British Journal of Psychology, 90, 85-98.

Roe, C. A.  (1999b).  In conversation with Stephen Braude. Paranormal Review, 10, 18-22.

Roe, C. A.  (2000).  Investigating physical phenomena at the turn of the century: A review of the Scole study day. Paranormal Review, 15, 30-34.

Roe, C. A. (2001). The near-death experience. In P. Hixenbaugh, R. Roberts & D. Groome (Eds). Gateways to the mind: The psychology of unusual experience. London: Arnold.

Roe, C. A. (2002). Paris in August: A review of the 45th Annual PA convention. Paranormal Review, 25, 26-32.

Roe, C. A. (in press). Revisiting false memories as a vehicle for psi. In press with the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research.

Roe, C. A., Ali, A. N., & McKenzie, E. A. (2001). Sender and receiver creativity scores as predictors of performance at a ganzfeld ESP task. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 65, 107-121.

Roe, C. A., Davey, R., & Stevens, P. (in press). Are ESP and PK aspects of a unitary phenomenon? A preliminary test of the relationship between ESP and PK. In press with the Journal of Parapsychology.

Roe, C. A., Holt, N., & Simmonds, C. A. (2003). Considering the sender as a PK agent in ganzfeld ESP studies. Journal of Parapsychology, 67, 129-145.

Roe, C. A. & Morgan, C. L. (2002).  Narcissism and belief in the paranormal. Psychological Reports, 90, 405-411.

Roe, C. A., Sherwood, S. J., Luke, D. P., & Farrell, L. M. (2002). An exploratory investigation of dream GESP using consensus judging and dynamic targets. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 66, 225-238.

Roe, C. A. & Williams, C. (1992).  Review of the 15th international conference of the Society for Psychical Research. The Psi Researcher, 4, 16-17.

Sherwood, S. J., & Roe, C. A. (2003). A review of dream ESP studies conducted since the Maimonides dream ESP programme. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 10, 85-109.

Sherwood, S. J., Roe, C. A., Simmonds, C., Biles, C. (2002). An exploratory investigation of dream precognition using consensus judging and static targets. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 66, 22-28.
Published conference proceedings

Roe, C.A. (1991).  Cold Reading Strategies. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention. 470-480.

Roe, C.A. (1994).  Subjects' Evaluations of a Tarot Reading. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention.  323-334.

Roe, C.A. (1995).  Critical Thinking and Belief in the Paranormal: A re-evaluation. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention, pp. 427-437.

Roe, C.A., Davey, R., & Stevens, P. (2002) Are ESP and PK aspects of a unitary phenomenon? A preliminary test of the relationship between ESP and PK. Proceedings of the 45th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention.

Roe, C.A., Davey, R., & Stevens, P. (2003) Are ESP and PK aspects of a unitary phenomenon? A further test of the relationship between ESP and PK. Proceedings of the 46th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention. 222-236.

Roe, C.A., Holt, N., & Simmonds, C.A. (2001).  Considering the sender as a PK agent in ganzfeld ESP studies. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention, pp. 411-414.

Roe, C.A., & Sherwood, S.J. (2001).  Revisiting the role of the sender using a ganzfeld psi task. Proceedings of the 44th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention, pp. 415-418.

Roe, C. A., Sherwood, S. J.,  & Holt, N. (2003). Interpersonal psi: Exploring the role of the sender in ganzfeld ESP tasks. Proceedings of the 46th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention. 237-256.

Simmonds, C.A., & Roe, C.A. (2000).  Personality correlates of anomalous experiences, perceived ability and beliefs: Schizotypy, temporal lobe signs and gender. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Parapsychological Association Convention, pp. 276-291.

Simmonds, C.A. & Roe, C.A. (2001). Correlates of subjective anomalous experiences and ganzfeld performance. Proceedings of the BPS Centenary Conference, SECC, Glasgow. Pp. 190-191. Leicester: British Psychological Society.

Williams, C., Roe, C.A., Upchurch, I., & Lawrence, T.R. (1994).  Senders and Geomagnetism in the Ganzfeld. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Parapsychological Association Convention. 429-438.

Research Grants
  • Perrot-Warrick Fund, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK. 
  • John Björkhem Memorial Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Research Committee, Society for Psychical Research, London, UK.
  • Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygeine, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • University College Northampton (UCN) Research Cluster Fund, Northampton, UK.
  • Bial Foundation, Porto, Portugal.
  • UCN School of Behavioural Studies, Learning and Teaching Committee, Northampton, UK.
 

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