Parapsychology, laughter and military neuroscience

BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind just broadcast a wonderfully eclectic edition with pieces on parapsychology and why people hold paranormal beliefs, the psychology of laughter, and the military applications of neuroscience.

Dr Caroline Watt and Prof Chris French discuss both the current boom in scientific parapsychology research and the psychology of paranormal belief.

Prof Mark Van Vugt talks about the social function of laughter, something we featured the other day.

Finally, Prof Jonathan Moreno, author of the excellent Mind Wars, discusses the military applications of neuroscience, something he also tackled in a 2006 SciAmMind article.

Ghosts, gags and grunts. What a great combination!

Link to edition of BBC AITM with online audio.

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