Chris French

Friday, December 14 2018 at 7:00PM

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Chris French

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NOTE: This is being held in co-operation with Sheffield Hallam Student's Humanist Society and is in addition to our normal talk in December.

ALSO NOTE: The venue for this event is at the University - the Dorothy Fleming Lecture Theatre and starts at 7pm.

Professor Chris French, Goldsmiths University will give a talk on the psychology of ghosts and hauntings.

Opinion polls repeatedly show relatively high levels of belief in ghosts even in modern Western societies. Furthermore, a sizeable minority of the population claim to have personally encountered a ghost. This talk will consider a number of factors that may lead people to claim that they have experienced a ghost even though they may not in fact have done so. Topics covered will include hoaxes, sincere misinterpretation of natural phenomena, hallucinatory experiences and pareidolia (seeing things that are not there), the fallibility of eyewitness testimony, the possible role of complex electromagnetic fields and infrasound, photographic evidence, EVP, and the role of the media.