The psychology of paranormal beliefs

  title={The psychology of paranormal beliefs},
  author={David F. Marks},
  • D. F. Marks
  • Published 15 April 1988
  • Psychology
  • Experientia
Investigation of paranormal claims has failed to find any repeatable paranormal phenomena, yet beliefs in such phenomena are extemely prevalent. Some of the psychological mechanisms which support these beliefs are described. Mental imagery, subjective validation, coincidence, hidden causes, and fraud all contributeto the folklore in this field. Magical thinking is as evident today as it ever has been. Recent research suggests that increased skepticism concerning paranormal claims can result… 
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