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Question: Using evidence from psychological research, critically evaluate the validity of a ‘paranormal’ phenomenon of your choice. 85%

Module: PL2D100 Understanding and Researching Psychology: Cognitive, Biological and Historical Perspectives

Answer: Paranormal phenomenon is a component of parapsychology (Groome, 2016). Parapsychology is the study of paranormal circumstances unexplainable by science as it goes against the theories and principles of science (Schlitz, 2010). A belief in Paranormal phenomenon has been observed in many cultures for hundreds of years and continues to be a flourishing belief by many (Wiseman & Watt, 2004). Despite paranormal phenomenon being a persistent aspect of humanity, it is still a poorly understood concept (Kennedy, 2005), with some strongly opposing the idea and others being more open to it. Hood (2009) referred to paranormal beliefs being the result of the human brain having an innate design which naturally guides people to understand world schemas by constructing intuitive theories. As a result, these intuitive theories produce a paranormal belief system. However, Fritscher (2012) referred to par...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Psychology
  • Course: PL2D100 Understanding and Researching Psychology
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 85%
  • Words: 2061
  • Date submitted: December 06, 2018
  • Date written: November, 2018
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8577

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