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Caroline Watt

Koestler Chair of Parapsychology

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Phone: 0131 650 3382

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes


In 2016 I was appointed to the Koestler Chair of Parapsychology.

Between October 2010 and December 2014 I held the prestigious position of Perrott-Warrick Senior Researcher, to pursue a programme of research investigating the psychology of precognitive dream experiences.

I am a member of the Differential and Health Psychology group and a founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit.

Research Interests

Methodological issues in parapsycholgy, particularly study registration and replication.

Research Groups


MA(Hons) in Psychology, University of St Andrews, 1984

PhD in Psychology (part-time), University of Edinburgh, 1993


Current teaching

Fourth year option in Parapsychology
Supervision of final year dissertations and hons small-group teaching.

I have supervised a number of MSc student projects, approximately one per year since 2006.

In 2008 I designed and launched a new non-accredited distance-learning online Introduction to Parapsychology course. This is a knowledge transfer activity, with start-up costs funded by a University of Edinburgh KT grant, and the course is still successfully running twice per year.

Administrative Roles

From July 2017:

Second Year Course Organiser (Undergraduate Psychology)
Member of Study Abroad Team
Member of Teaching Action Group


Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. Koestler Parapsychology Unit Registry for Parapsychological Experiments (Publisher)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

  2. Online Parapsychology Course

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

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