Staff profile

Dr Ian Baker

Senior Lecturer in Psychology


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Teaching responsibilities

I am the Programme Leader for our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree. I am also the Module Leader for Quantitative Methods & Individual Differences and Anomalistic Psychology & Parapsychology. Whilst most of my teaching focuses on quantitative research methods, I teach across a range of modules at undergraduate level.

Research interests

I have research interest in parapsychology, paranormal belief, religious belief, and the use of electrophysiology measures (EEG, ERP, Skin Conductance, etc).

I also supervise the following PhD student(s):

Completed students:

Membership of professional bodies


I am qualified in psychometric test use, and I hold the following qualifications that are awarded by the British Psychological Society (BPS):

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Additional interests and activities

I am a reviewer for the following journals:

In addition, I am an Article Editor for SAGE Open.

I have been on the conference committee (and one of the reviewers) for the annual convention of the Parapsychological Association (PA) for several years. I was the Editor of the European Journal of Parapsychology (EJP).

I have acted as an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Rapporteur.

In 2004, I recieved the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship Award from the Parapsychology Foundation, New York.

I have received over £150,000 of internal and external funding to date, and I have been a BIAL Foundation Research Fellow twice (2002 and 2015).

Recent publications

Baker, I.S., Montague, J., & Booth, A. (in press). A mixed-methods examination of psychometry using psychic and non-psychic claimants with actual and false readings. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research.

Yuenyongchaiwat, K., Baker. I., & Sheffield, D. (2017).  Symptoms of anxiety and depression are related to cardiovascular responses to active, but not passive, coping tasks. Revista Brasileria de Psiquiatria, 39 (2), 110-117.

Schofield, M., Baker. I.S., Staples, P. & Sheffield, D. (2016). Mental representations of the supernatural: A cluster analysis of religiosity, spirtuality and paranormal belief. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 419-424.

Yuenyongchaiwat, K., Baker. I., Maratos, F., & Sheffield, D. (2016).  Do cardiovascular responses to active and passive coping tasks predict future blood pressure over 10-Months later? The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 19, e10, 1-12.

Baker, I. S. (2015). The relationship of the feeling of being watched to paranoia, self-consciousness, and social anxiety. Journal of Parapsychology, 79(2), 203-218.

Yuenyongchaiwat, K., Sheffield, D., Baker. I., & Maratos, F. (2015). Hemodynamic responses to active and passive coping tasks and the prediction of future blood pressure in Thai participants: A preliminary prospective cohort study. Japanese Psychological Research, 57, 4, 288-299.

Irwin, H. J., Schofield, M. B., & Baker, I. S. (2014) Dissociative tendancies, sensory-processing sensitivity and aberrant salience as predictors of anomalous experiences and paranormal attributions, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 78.4, 917, 193-206.

Baker, I. S., Schofield, M. B., & Staples, P. (2014). Book review: Education in parapsychology - student and instructor perspectives by Harvey J. Irwin, Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 78.4, 917, 240-241.

Baker, I. S., & Stevens, P. (2013). An anomaly of an anomaly: Investigating the cortical electrophysiology of remote staring detection. Journal of Parapsychology, 77, 1, 107-122.

Baker, I. S. (2012). Perceptions of the paranormal. Pan European Networks: Science & Technology, 5, Dec 2012, 234-236.

Roe, C. A., Sherwood., S. J., Farrell, L., Savva, L., & Baker, I. S. (2007). Assessing the roles of the sender and experimenter in dream ESP research. European Journal of Parapsychology, 22.2, 175-192.

Baker, I. S., & O'Keeffe, C. (2007). Ethical guidelines for the investigation of haunting experiences. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 71.4, 889, 216-229.

Baker, I. S. (2005). Nomenclature and methodology [Special issue on 'the sense of being stared at']. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 12, 6, 56-63.

Watt, C., & Baker, I. S. (2002). Remote facilitation of attention focusing with psi-supportive versus psi-unsupportive experimenter suggestions. Journal of Parapsychology, 66, 2, 151-168

Baker, I. S. (2002). 'Do Ghosts Exist?': A summary of parapsychological research into apparitional experience (pp. 108-123). In Newton, J. (2002). Early Modern Ghosts. Durham: Centre for Seventeenth Century Studies, University of Durham.