Studying anomalous / extreme / spiritual / exceptional experiences

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Calls for research participants

We are looking for people to take part in an online study on social processes in anomalous experiences. Many people describe having anomalous (‘unusual’) experiences, such as out-of-the-ordinary perceptions, feelings, or spiritual-type experiences that are somehow different to everyday life. We are interested in studying some of the social factors that influence these experiences. We hope to recruit as wide a range of people as possible, so it doesn’t matter whether or not you think you have these kinds of experiences. All people over 18 years old are eligible to take part.

The questionnaire can be accessed from any device with internet access (computer, tablet, or smartphone) by clicking the link below. It will take about 20-25 minutes to complete.

If you complete the online questionnaire, you can instantly enter a prize draw involving cash prizes for three randomly selected participants (1st £100; 2nd £50; 3rd £25), as well opt-in for an additional prize draw for completing a 6-month follow-up questionnaire (1st £100; 2nd £50; 3rd £25).

If you are interested, please click this link to go straight to the online questionnaire:


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Relevant literature

Brett, Heriot-Maitland, McGuire & Peters (2014). Predictors of distress associated with psychotic‐like anomalous experiences in clinical and non‐clinical populations. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53(2), 213-227.

Rush, M.J. (2013) Spiritual Crisis in the U.K., Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 3, 2, 168-171.

Rush, M.J. (2013) Book Review: The Paranormal - Why People Believe in Spirits, Gods, & Magic by Jack Hunter, Journal of Exceptional Experiences & Psychology, Vol. 1, No. 1, 46-48.

Rush, M.J. (2013) Book Review: Enlightenment Ain't What It's Cracked Up To Be by Robert Forman, De Numine, No. 54, Spring 2013, 43-44.

Rush, M.J. (2012) Book Review: In Case of Spiritual Emergency by Catherine Lucas, De Numine, No. 53, Autumn

Rush, M.J. (2012) Book Review: Waking From Sleep by Steve Taylor, De Numine, No. 53, Autumn 2012, 48-49.

Heriot-Maitland, C., Knight, M., & Peters, E. (2012). A qualitative comparison of psychotic-like phenomena in clinical and non-clinical populations. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 51(1), 37-53.

Brett, C.M., Peters, E.P., Johns, L.C., Tabraham, P., Valmaggia, L.R., McGuire, P. (2007). Appraisals of Anomalous Experiences Interview (AANEX): a multidimensional measure of psychological responses to anomalies associated with psychosis. British Journal of Psychiatry, 51, s23-30.

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