Dr Ben Roberts

Position: Senior Lecturer in Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Psychology

Research Centre: Centre for Psychological Research

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About

I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the Module Leader for Psychological Research in Practice (level 4) and Research and Evaluation (level 7), as well as the level 6 leader. I contribute to the teaching on a range of modules including Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (level 4), Introduction to Social and Cognitive Psychology (level 4), Psychology in the Modern World (level 4), Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences (level 5), Anomalistic Psychology and Parapsychology (level 5), and Forensic Applications of Psychology (level 6). I also supervise research projects across a range of programmes.

Research interests

I recently completed my PhD in which I examined a collection of people's experiences of apparent extra-sensory perception (ESP) and conducted two laboratory ESP studies. I am particularly interested in cognitive aspects of these experiences, including issues around perception, memory and rational thinking. I have recently developed an interest in forensic psychology, particularly eyewitness testimony and identification evidence.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a Supporting Member of the Parapsychological Association.

Qualifications

PhD, Coventry University (2015)

Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Coventry University (2006)

MA (Cantab.) Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge (2007)

BA (Hons) originally awarded in 2003

Recent publications

I recently completed my PhD thesis, entitled A quantitative examination of ostensibly extrasensory experiences occurring spontaneously and in laboratory conditions. I am currently in the process of adapting the reports of studies from this thesis for publication.

Recent conferences

Roberts, B. L. H., & Hume, I. R. (2010, September). The sender-receiver relationship, sex pairing and ganzfeld ESP task success. Paper presented at the 34th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Sheffield, UK.

Roberts, B. L. H., & Hume, I. R. (2012, September). The sender-receiver relationship, sex pairing and ganzfeld ESP task success: An extension and attempted replication. Paper presented at the 36th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Northampton, UK.

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