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  • Read up on some of the projects I am working on
  • Recap on research that underpins my training and lectures
  • Share some intriguing research findings
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December 19, 2019

Spirituality has increasing become an important focus in drug and alcohol recovery.  Whilst hard to define and quantify from a research perspective, a number of studies have explored the impact of spirituality on recovery processes.   The results are somewhat mixed but...

November 10, 2019

I have often said that what we really know about psychology is what we actually know about psychology students.  These tend to be the subjects of research studies and they tend to be very WEIRD.  This stands for White, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic.  WE...

August 30, 2019

Alcohol is not the disinhibitor that people assume it is.  Alcohol changes your perception of time- where once you start to drink, you operate in much more of the present moment.  This does not change your behavior as such, but makes you more 'myopic.'  A fascinating s...

June 13, 2019

I am very interested in how sacred values operate within the brain.  In general terms, we are quite good on the mechanics of the brain and good on processes in the mind.  But were are hopeless at understanding how these two things intersect.  How does personal meaning...

April 24, 2019

In a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with God, researchers report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their encounter, regardless of whether it was spontaneous or while taking a p...

April 13, 2019

People who believe in oneness -- the idea that everything in the world is connected and interdependent -- appear to have greater life satisfaction than those who don't, regardless of whether they belong to a religion or don't, according to research published by the Ame...

February 6, 2019

Anyone who regularly reads my blog entries will know my interest in the psychology of political thinking.  If you have an interest in psychology, you must be concerned one with one key question which is:  why do people believe in the things that they do?...

December 20, 2018

Many established religions and New Age movements often refer to the professed religiosity of famous scientists as proof of their beliefs.  But, are scientists particularly religious in their outlook?  A recent study examined this very question....

November 14, 2018

In training and lectures people often refer to spiritual or mystical approaches to psychological healing, but often find it hard to cite research or studies in this area.  Therefore I was very interested in this examination of these dimensions by Scott Miller.  I am a...

November 5, 2018

Artificial intelligence can help us to better understand the causes of religious violence and to potentially control it, according to a new Oxford University collaboration. The study is one of the first to be published that uses psychologically realistic AI -- as oppos...

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