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August 2012 - Andrew Hodrien Lecture - Psychology and Ufology (Part 1)



Date: Wednesday 22nd August 2012
Time: 7.30-11.30pm
Price: £4.00 members, £4.50 non-members

Andrew Hodrien – Psychology and Ufology: The Benefits and Limitations of Applying the Discipline, and an Overview of Research Findings

Background:

Andrew Hodrien has been a BUFOG member since its beginning and has a strong interest in exploring Ufology for about 20 years. However, for the past 5 years he has been studying psychology with the aim of a career in psychological research into aspects of consciousness, currently planning his PhD. He is graduating from The University of Northampton in July and has also been lucky to study Parapsychology as part of his degree, and is currently working on a Remote Viewing research project at the University. For Andrew, delving further into psychological theory and research practice has been the beginning of a new journey into exploring ufology through the integration of psychological research, which he hopes to pursue in the future. This involves both the experiences covered within ufology, exploring the nature of beliefs and scepticism surrounding the field, and how we approach UFO-related evidence which might challenge either our world view or general beliefs on the subject. Regarding sightings and experiences, after being exposed to both UFO-related evidence and studying human nature, Andrew takes an increasingly open-minded approach, being open to all possibilities and endorses true scepticism, rather than closed-minded thinking.

Lecture Overview:

Andrew is in a relatively rare position of having studied ufology and being involved with the UFO community, before having studied psychology. Due to his passionate interests in both ufology and psychology, this lecture offers something a bit different to what normally gets presented. It also means he has been exposed to psychology as a discipline from within, rather than how it may be often portrayed within the UFO community and the general media. The lecture will be split in two halves, with the first half covering the benefits and limitations of applying psychology to Ufology, and the second half covering an overview of research that has been conducted. This will also include the first presentation of research findings as part of his degree, involving a small project into the relationship of UFO "belief" and paranormal "belief", but more importantly his dissertation into the nature of UFO "belief" and "scepticism" influencing assessment of evidence, and exploring individual differences between "believers" and "sceptics".

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