There are about forty people in Britain who have a PhD in Parapsychology - the exploration of psychic phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance and psychokinesis - and the majority of them are working within the University system.
Serena Roney-Dougal, however, has decided instead to put her unusual qualification to good use, by opening out the study of this previously esoteric field and introducing it to a wider public.
Setting up her own research organisation, the Psi Research Centre, in Glastonbury, Somerset - thought of by many as the very heart of the British esoteric tradition - Serena has spent the last twenty years giving lectures, teaching courses and presenting weekend workshops on parapsychology, mental development and yoga.
Serena has been working in and studying parapsychology for over 25 years, and her interests in the subject are wide ranging. Her highly successful series of classes in her home town took students through a list of apparently diverse topics - from ghosts and poltergeists to laboratory research; from divination techniques to out-of-body experiences; and much more - showing that they are all linked to a common core of knowledge that spans thousands of years. Now she is teaching parapsychology to M.Sc. students at the world's first yoga university, Bihar Yoga Bharati, in India, combining the western scientific methods of parapsychology with the eastern mystical knowledge of yoga.
An important element in Serena's work is her study of the role of the pineal gland in sensitivity to psychic phenomena and the associated chakra system. Her latest research involves working with a healer on an organic farm, and exploring psychic awareness in an ashram.
Serena has written extensively on various aspects of the paranormal, both for academic journals and conferences, and for popular magazines and books. She has also written a book "Where Science and Magic Meet", reprinted 5th times by the original publisher and now republished by Vega Books. She has just written the Faery Faith, Green Magic Books, 2003.
PSI RESEARCH CENTRE,
14 Selwood Rd.,
Somerset BA6 8HN,
11 'O' Levels, and 3 'A' levels in Physics, Chemistry and Biology;
1970: One year at Dundee University studying anatomy,
physiology and biochemistry;
1971-1974: Three years at University College, London resulting
in Psychology B.Sc. Hons.
1977: Started PhD in Parapsychology City University, London,
concerning the relationship between telepathy and subliminal
1978: Research into pineal gland starts.
1980: After three years of research I left City University and
was accepted by Surrey University under Professor Terence Lee who had
supervised two other people doing Parapsychology PhDs, Ernesto
Spinelli and Susan Blackmore. At the same time I moved to Glastonbury.
1985: Paper on speculations concerning pineal gland and psi
experiences presented at PA Conference, Boston.
1987: Awarded PhD for thesis comparing subliminal and psi
perception using the Ganzfeld technique.
1988: I started teaching Parapsychology at Strode College; this
course continued until 2000.
1989: Paper published in JSPR concerning my research into
1990: Yoga class begins, as well as traveling world wide giving
talks and running workshops. All of these activities still happen.
Paper presented at PA conference, San Diego regarding further research
into link between pineal gland and psi experiences.
1991: My book "Where Science and Magic Meet" is published by
Element books, and I have written more articles in magazines and
journals than I care to have to count!
1993: Dream group begins. Revised edition of “Where Science and
Magic Meet” printed. Second article in JSPR concerning my research
into the pineal gland.
1998: Paper at SPR Conference concerning my most recent
research into links between pineal gland and psi experiences.
2000: Start research into effect of a healer on crop yield on
an organic farm.
2001: Start teaching parapsychology at Bihar Yoga Bharati,
India, the world’s first yoga university doing M.Sc. courses in yoga
psychology, yoga philosophy and applied yogic sciences.
2002: “Where Science and Magic Meet” republished by Vega books.
New book “The Faery Faith” published by Green Magic. Several articles
concerning the crop research published and a paper presenting the
results from two years at PA Con. Paper on the research at bihar Yoga
Bharati presented at SPR conf.
(1979a) "A comparison of subliminal and extrasensory perception using the Ganzfeld technique," W.G. Roll (ed.),
Research in Parapsychology 1978, 98 - 100, Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, NJ, USA, 1979. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 21st. Parapsychological Association (PA) Conference, St. Louis, USA.
(1979b) "Quest Conference Questionnaire," Quest, 38, 8 - 10.
(1980) "Psi Research in the '80's," Quest, 42, 7 - 10.
(1981) "The Interface between Psi and Subliminal Perception," Parapsychology
Review, 12, 4, 12 - 18.
(1982a) "Telepathy: seeing the light," The Unexplained, 9, 102, 2030 - 2033.
(1982b) "A comparison of psi and subliminal perception: confirmatory study," Roll, W.G., Morris, R.L., and White, R.A. (eds.),
Research in Parapsychology 1981, 96 - 99, Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, NJ, USA. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 24th. Parapsychological Assoc. Conf., Syracuse, 1981.
(1983) "Psi Sci-Fi: The shape of things to come?" Shapin, B. & Coly, L. (eds.), Parapsychology's 2nd. Century,
Proceedings of the Parapsychology Foundation's 31st. Int.
Conference, London, Aug. 1982, Parapsychology Foundation Inc., NY, USA.
(1984a) "The 1984 "Psi" Questionnaire," In Quest, 59, 11-15.
(1984b) ""Occult" Conference Questionnaire," In J. Soc. Psych. Res., 52, 379 - 382.
(1986a) "Some speculations on a possible psychic effect of harmaline," Weiner, D.H. & Radin, D.I. (eds.),
Research in Parapsychology 1985, Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, NJ, USA. Abstract of a paper presented to the 28th. Parapsychol. Assoc. Conf., Boston, Aug. 1985.
(1986b) "Subliminal and Psi Perception: A review of the literature," J. Soc. Psych.
Res., 53, 405 - 434.
(1987a) "A comparison of subliminal and psi perception: Exploratory and follow-up studies,"
J.Amer.Soc.Psych.Res., 81, 141 - 182.
(1987b) "A comparison of psi and subliminal perception," PhD Thesis, Univ. of Surrey, Aug. 1987.
(1989a) "Recent Findings relating to the possible role of the pineal gland in affecting psychic ability,"
J. Soc. Psych. Res., 55, 313 - 328.
(1989b) "A Psychophysiology of the Yogic Chakra system," Caduceus, 8, 8 - 12.
(1990) "Geomagnetism and the Pineal Gland: Some speculations," Research in Parapsychology
1989, eds. Henkel, L.A. & Palmer, J., Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, NJ, USA, 57 - 61. Paper presented at the 32nd Parapsychological Association Convention, San Diego, Aug. 1989.
(1991a) "Where Science and Magic Meet," Element Books, Shaftesbury, Dorset, Britain.
(1991b) Book review of "Personal Mythology" by Feinstein, D. & Krippner, S.,
J.S.P.R., 58, 48 - 56.
(1991c) "Earth, Science, Magic -The Pineal Connection," The Ley Hunter Journal of Geomancy and Earth Mysteries, 114, 17 - 20.
(1991d) "The Fairy Faith Philosophy," The Unicorn, 6, 8 - 9.
(1991e) "UFOs, States of Mind and the Pineal Connection: Part 1," UFO
Times, 16, 6 - 11.
(1991f) "Interface with Julian Vayne," Pagan Voice, 1, 4 - 5.
(1991g) “Third Eye Points on the Glastonbury Zodiac Figures,” The Glastonbury Zodiac
Companion, 2, 3 - 14.
(1992a) "Psi Phenomena," Chapter in The Seeker's Guide: A New Age Resource Book, ed. Button, J. & Bloom, W., Aquarian/Thorson's, London, Britain, 46 - 47.
(1992b) "Some Thoughts Inspired by the Essay Title: "How the Establishment's Acceptance of ESP and PK Would Influence Contemporary Science,"
Exceptional Human Experience, 10 (1), 16 - 22. Article written for A.S.P.R. Essay competition, Feb. 1988. Presented as "The Social Implications of Psi Phenomena," Lecture for the Soc. Psych. Res., Kensington, Feb. 1989.
(1992c) "UFOs, States of Mind and The Pineal Connection: Part II," UFO
Times, 17, 13 - 15.
(1992d) "Synopsis of Where Science & Magic Meet: Part 1," RILKO
Journal, 39, 22 - 26.
(1992e) "Where Science and Magic Meet: Part 2, The Pineal Gland - Our Third Eye,"
RILKO Journal, 40, 34 - 38.
(1992f) "The Pineal Gland -The Third Eye?" Pagan News, 35, 8 - 10.
(1993a) with G. Vogl, "Some Speculations on the Effect of Geomagnetism on the Pineal Gland,"
J.Soc.Psych.Res., 59, 1 - 15.
(1993b) "Where Science & Magic Meet," (Revised Edition), Element Books, Shaftesbury, Britain. (Also pub. in USA and Australia).
(1993c) "Wissenschaft und Magie," Zweitausandeins, Frankfurt, Germany. (German edition of
Where Science & Magic Meet)
(1993d) Book Review of "Shamanism and the Mystery Lines: Ley Lines, Spirit Paths, Shape-Shifting and Out-of-Body
Travel," by Paul Devereux, P., J.Soc.Psych.Res., 59, 218 - 222.
(1993e) "Synopsis of Where Science and Magic Meet," The Equinox, 7, (7), 314 -319.
(1995) "The Science and Psychology of Dowsing," Chap. 7 in The Dowsing Rod
Kit, ed. S. Lonegren, Virgin Books, London.
(1996a) "UFOs: The Pineal Connection," The New Ufologist, 4, 5 - 13.
(1996b) “A Woman in Glastonbury,” Chap. 6 in Earth Walking Sky Dancers: Women’s PIlgrimages to Sacred
Places, ed. Leila Castle, Frog Ltd., Berkeley, California.
(1997a) “Stinta Si Magie.” Elit Comentator, Republica Moldova.(Romanian edition of
Where Science and Magic Meet.)
(1997b) “Tallkottkörteln.” Interview with Peter Pettersson in AlphaOmega, 3, 34 - 35.
(1998a) “The Glastonbury Zodiac,” Gatekeeper News, 15,15.
(1998b) “Some Thoughts on the Developing Spirituality of the Aquarian Age,” Pagan Dawn,
Samhain, 20 - 23.
(1999a) “The Celtic Lunar Calendar,” Talking Stick Journal, 2 (2), 33 - 40.
(1999b) “A Possible Psychophysiology of the Yogic Chakra System,” J. of Indian
(2002) Roney-Dougal, S.M. & Solfvin, J. “Field Study of Enhancement Effect on Lettuce Seeds - their germination rate, growth and health,”
Journal of the Society of Psychical Research.
(2003) "The Faery Faith," Green Magic Books, Britain.
[photo by Rick E Berger]