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Anomalistic Psychology: A Study of Magical Thinking

Zusne, Leonard, & Jones, Warren H.

 In this revision, the authors mainly follow the arrangement of the first edition, modeling it after an introductory psychology text, "each chapter covering one of the ways in which humans learn about the world, perceive it, think about it, and otherwise interact with it" (p. ix). Parapsychology is no longer considered separately in this edition, but it is covered as an aspect of "information processing." The most important change is in the inclusion of a chapter on magical thinking and the full range of phenomena, experience, and behavior it comprises. The authors feel that magical thinking "provides an orientation that ties . . . the many separate parts of the field of anomalistic psychology into a meaningful whole" (p. x). The chapter titles, and relevant coverage in and of parapsychological topics are as follows: " Introduction to Anomalistic Psychology" (including "Anomalistic Psychology and Parapsychology"), "Magical Thinking" (including "Chance and Coincidence"), "Psychophysiology" (including "Miraculous Healing"), "Perception," "Divided Consciousness and Imagery," "Memory" (including deja vu), "Cognitive Processes," (including ESP, PK, and psychometry), "Personality," and "Psychopathology" (including "Psychopathology and Psi").
Publisher Information:Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1989 (2nd ed.) 1989 Auth Ind; Bibl; 5 figs; Subj Ind; 3 tables
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