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Educational Articles on the Paranormal

Karen Frazier
Contributor Ryan Dube
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The field of paranormal research is broad, and educational articles about paranormal phenomena can help you better understand ghosts, hauntings, psychic ability, and other paranormal phenomena. Many research organizations, such as the Society for Psychical Research, provide thoroughly studied and educational articles about parapsychology, psi, and paranormal phenomena.

Educational Paranormal Articles

The following educational sources have many articles on their websites or in their journals about the paranormal. The articles provide a theoretical background in paranormal phenomena. They are an excellent place to start to learn about paranormal and parapsychological research, and they help provide an understanding of what is known or theorized about supernatural phenomena.

Society for Psychical Research (SPR)

Society for Psychical Research has been investigating parapsychological phenomena since the late 1800s. The UK based organization relies on controlled research protocols from the social sciences to provide ongoing studies into the paranormal and psi phenomena. They publish their findings on their website and in their journals, reports, and magazines.

Association for Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP)

Association for Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP) is also based in the UK. It was founded in 1981 and takes a technical and reasoned approach to the study of anomalous phenomena including paranormal activity. You can find many of the articles and experiments on their website.

American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR)

The ASPR is similar to its British counterpart, operating in the United States for more than a century. They publish the findings of their research in their journal.


MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network, is an organization dedicated to tracking and studying incidents of possible alien contact including UFO sightings, abduction stories, and more. The website offers multiple white papers discussing their findings.

University of Virginia Health System

The University of Virgina offers links to full scholarly articles about paranormal phenomena on their Division of Perceptual Studies page. There aren't a lot of articles here, but the few that are offer valuable information about different types of paranormal phenomena.

Rhine Research Institute

The Rhine Research Institute has a peer-reviewed journal about paranormal phenomena called Journal of Parapsychology. It's been in circulation since 1937.

Journal of Consciousness Studies

The peer-reviewed Journal of Consciousness Studies looks at many aspects of consciousness, which often overlaps with the paranormal. It is a multi-disciplinary journal.


This online journal is dedicated to exploration of paranormal phenomena taking a social scientific approach.

Skeptic's Dictionary

The Skeptic's Dictionary is one of the most comprehensive resources for investigators who would like to learn how to make sure to use critical thinking when analyzing any paranormal claim.

Fortean Times

The Fortean Times main page can sometimes look like a supermarket tabloid, but most of the paranormal articles provide some of the best educational examples of critical thinking.

Skeptical Inquirer

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is sometimes overly critical or skeptical, but they provide some of the best unbiased analysis of paranormal phenomenon that you'll find anywhere.

Why Read Educational Articles About the Paranormal?

The term "paranormal" is a general term that covers everything from parapsychology, the study of psychic abilities, to spectrology, the study of ghosts. When a paranormal researcher decides to enter the field of paranormal research, the first step is to choose which area (or areas) of the paranormal in which you wish to specialize. Some examples of the major specialties in paranormal education include:

  • Angelology, the study of angels
  • Astrology, the study of how stars influence people
  • Cryptozoology, the study of unknown species of animals
  • Demonology, the study of demons
  • Parapsychology, the study of unexplained psychic phenomena
  • Spectrology, the study of ghosts
  • Thaumatology, the study of miracles
  • Ufology, the study of unidentified flying objects

Each of these major areas of research requires an understanding of a number of subcategories. For example, a professional ufologist should understand basic aerodynamics, cosmology, magnetics, mechanics, barology and thermodynamics. A parapsychologist should have a base of knowledge that includes hypnology, phenomenology, psychopathology, theology and the basics of neurology.

Learn as Much as You Can About Paranormal Phenomena

The resources above will provide an excellent starting point for paranormal enthusiasts to form a strong knowledge base through reading educational articles about paranormal phenomena. As you study, assume nothing but to keep an open mind to everything. Keeping this in mind throughout your studies will ensure your ultimate success.

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Educational Articles on the Paranormal