Anomalistic Psychology

Anomalistic Psychology is the scientific study of anomalous phenomena, including, but not limited to, such para-psychological events as E.S.P., life-after-death experiences and alleged Alien Abduction experiences including (but not restricted to) those which are often labeled paranormal. It is directed towards understanding bizarre experiences that many people have without assuming a priori that there is anything paranormal involved. It entails attempting to explain paranormal and related beliefs and ostensibly paranormal experiences in terms of known psychological and physical factors. The phrase “Anomalistic Psychology” was a term first suggested by the psychologists Leonard Zusne and Warren Jones in their book Anomalistic Psychology: A Study of Magical Thinking (1989) which systematically treats phenomena of human consciousness and behaviors that may appear to violate the laws of nature when they actually do not.