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The Psychology of Anomalous Experience: A Cognitive Approach (rev. ed.)

Reed, Graham

 Reed, who chairs the Psychology Department at Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Canada, provides what could be called a textbook of anomalous experiences, some of them considered to be psi-based. Throughout the book he attempts to show how the mind's organizing abilities plus its information processing capability can create seemingly strange events and phenomena. His aim is to show how unconscious choices can explain the world we perceive without recourse to the supernatural (or the paranormal). In the latter sense it is a critical book, but for the most part, it is a very good compendium that sets forth the limits of normal perceptual behavior and shows how this behavior can account for what were thought to be anomalous experiences and behavior. There are chapters on anomalies of attention, imagery, perception, recall, recognition, experiencing the self, judgment and belief, consciousness, and on the rate of the flow of consciousness. There is a list of suggested readings arranged by chapter at the end.
Publisher Information:Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1988. 207p. Bibl: 199-202; Name Index: 203-204; Subject Index: 205-207; Suggested reading: 195-197
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