The Anomalous Experience Research Unit (AERU) was established in the summer of 2006 to research into the contexts, characteristics and consequences of experiences which suggest anomalous psychological processes and agencies, and exceptional states of consciousness. Although based in the Department of Sociology at York, the Unit seeks to develop interdisciplinary social science research on anomalous experiences.
Prof Robin Wooffitt
Tel: 01904 433063
Ohashi, Y., Wooffitt, R., Jackson, C. and Nixon, Y. 'Discourse, culture and extraordinary experiences: observations from a comparative, qualitative analysis of Japanese and UK English accounts of paranormal phenomena', forthcoming, Western Journal of Communication.
Wooffitt, R., Jackson, C, Reed, D. Ohashi, Y. and Hughes, I. ‘Self-identity, authenticity and the Other: The spirits and audience management in stage mediumship’, forthcoming, Language and Communication.
Wooffitt, R. and Holt, N. (2011) Looking In and Speaking Out: Introspection, forthcoming, Communication, Consciousness. Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic.
Wooffitt, R. and Holt, N. 2011 'Introspective discourse and the poetics of subjective experience’ Research on Language and Social Interaction, 44: 135-156.
Gilbert, H. and Metcalfe, S. 'New Approaches to the Study of Extraordinary Experiences' presented at the The Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies Conference: Paranormal Cultures University of Sussex, June 2010.
Metcalfe, S. 'Therapeutic Emotional Labour, Relational Dynamics and Ethics in the Work of Mediums and other Psychic Practitioners'. Intellectual Party 2010 Lancaster Sociology Summer Conference June 2010.
Wooffitt, R., Holt, N. and Allistone, S. (2010) 'Introspection as institutional practice: reflections on the attempt to capture conscious experience in a parapsychology experiment' in C. Murray and R. Wooffitt (Eds.) Anomalous Experiences and Qualitative Research. Special Issue, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 5-20.
Murray, C. and Wooffitt, R. (eds.) (2010) Analysing Anomalous Experiences. Special Edition, Qualitative Research in Psychology.
Wooffitt, R. and Holt, N. (2010) 'Silence and its organisation in the pragmatics of introspection' Discourse Studies.
Ryan. T. 'Cyberpsychics: Subjective experiences of psychic readings on the internet' presented at the ARRC Conference, University of York, July, 2009.
Wooffitt, R. and Gilbert, H. (2008) 'Discourse, rhetoric and the accomplishment of mediumship in stage demonstrations' Mortality 13(3): 222-240.
Wooffitt, R., and Allistone, S. (2008) 'Participation, procedure and accountability: reported speech markers in a parapsychology experiment' Discourse Studies 10: 407-427.
Wooffitt, R. (2007) 'Epistemic authority and neutrality in the discourse of psychic practitioners: towards a naturalistic parapsychology' Journal of Parapsychology 71: 69-101.
Wooffitt, R. (2007) 'Communication and laboratory experience in parapsychology experiments: demand characteristics and the social organization of interaction.' British Journal of Social Psychology. 46(3) 477-498.
Members of the Unit have received research funding from the Bial Foundation, (Portugal), the Perrott-Warrick Fund (Trinity College, Cambridge), the Parapsychological Association (New York), the University of York Innovation & Research Priming Fund, and the Society for Psychical Research.