BNS 440 Neuroscience of the Paranormal

This course will examine claims of paranormal phenomena through a neuroscientific lens. We will rely on local myths, rumors, and lore to identify sources of supernatural activity, such as ghosts, monsters, aliens, witches, and psychic gypsies. Visits to these locations will provide unique opportunities for onsite, first-hand, critical analysis of the circumstances under which supernatural phenomena are purported to occur. The goal is for students to leave the course with a basic understanding of brain function and the ways in which specialized neural sensitivities and unique environmental conditions can create the appearance of and persistent belief in these seemingly supernatural phenomena.




PSY 110 or permission of the instructor.