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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr George Vandoorn


Previously coded PSS3719


This unit is concerned with psychological phenomena that are beyond the normal or not readily explained according to scientific principles. Areas of interest include extrasensory perception, exotic senses, telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, astrology, graphology, and deja-vu experiences. Methods of gathering and evaluating evidence of parapsychological phenomena will be examined and the roles of belief, illusion, and placebo effects will be discussed.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of normal sensory and perceptual processes;
  2. display an appreciation of the role of belief and expectation in human cognitive and perceptual processes;
  3. evaluate a range of testing procedures used within and outside the laboratory
  4. critically examine relevant literature from a variety of sources


Written work: 60%
2 hour Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr George Vandoorn

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour laboratory) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Psychological studies


48 points of study in any discipline