It is one of the few academic parapsychology units in the world and the unit takes pride in a strictly scientific approach to studying the paranormal.
As well as studying whether there is any scientific basis to ‘psi’ phenomena, they also study the psychology of people who believe in the paranormal.
There is now a good body of research suggesting paranormal belief correlates with a number of psychological and neurological factors, such as content-specific reasoning biases and increased temporal lobe activity.
The Psychologist article looks at the history of the unit and how its work has developed since it was founded.
Link to ’20 years at the Koestler Parapsychology Unit’.