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Dr Matthew Smith is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Liverpool Hope University and has recently conducted research on replication issues in parapsychology and psychological variables associated with paranormal belief.

Dr Smith was awarded his PhD on the psychology and parapsychology of luck from the University of Hertfordshire in 1998. While a postgraduate, Matthew was awarded the Gertrude Schmeidler Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Parapsychology by the Parapsychological Association.

Dr Matthew Smith’s current research, funded by the Bial Foundation, is examining the role of experimenter variables in ganzfeld-ESP research. Matthew has also received funding from the Perrott-Warrick Fund, the Parapsychology Foundation, and the Society for Psychical Research. Matthew has made several television appearances as a Resident Parapsychologist for LivingTV's Most Haunted.

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ParapsychologyEdit

Current research is employing the ‘ganzfeld’ procedure to study extra-sensory perception (ESP). One of the aims of this research is to examine the extent to which findings from studies using this procedure are replicable. This research has been funded by the Bial Foundation, the Perrott-Warrick Fund, and the Society for Psychical Research.

Psychology of DeceptionEdit

This includes research on lie-detection as well as the psychology of magic. Dr Smith has recently begun some pilot work examining recent attempts to improve people’s ability to detect when someone is lying. Research on the psychology of conjuring is examining a range of cognitive biases that are involved in how people observe and interpret magic tricks.

Offender ProfilingEdit

Recent research has involved critically evaluating the type of advice psychologists typically provide when asked to produce a ‘profile’ of the likely characteristics of an offender.

Psychology of LuckEdit

Dr Matthew Smith's PhD research examined people’s beliefs about luck, and why people might consider themselves lucky or unlucky. A current project is drawing together the psychological and philosophical literature on the concept of luck.

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