Individuals who profess a belief in the paranormal often say they do so because they have had a compelling personal encounter with another world or an entity from another world. Heavenly beings such as angels or aliens, out-of-body experiences, and mystical revelations are all promoted as evidence of worlds beyond our own. Dr. Beyerstein will discuss how neurobiology is shining new light on our understanding of these age-old experiences.
Dr. Barry Beyerstein received his Ph.D. in biological psychology from the University of California Berkeley. He is Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He is a fellow and member of the Executive Council of CSICOP, and serves on the editorial review boards of Skeptical Inquirer and Reviews of Anomalous and Alternative Medicine. He serves on the advisory resource panel of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation. He is author on many research papers published in scientific journals and has appeared on national television programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, Unsolved Mysteries, and CBS Newsworld.