Posted on October 14, 2015, BY Staff

Dr. Rich Robbins, associate dean in Bucknell University's College of Arts & Sciences, will present "Ghosts & Hauntings: Decide for Yourself" on Monday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature Building.

Robbins will introduce theories of what ghosts and other related phenomena are, offer a discussion of evidence for and against the existence of ghosts (including alleged ghost photos and examples of electronic voice phenomena) and provide an introduction to ghost hunting and identification of local "hot spots."

"Almost everyone has had an experience or knows someone who has experienced an event attributed to a ghost or haunting," said Robbins. "This interdisciplinary presentation will include perspectives from psychology, human physiology, folklore, religion, sociology, philosophy and parapsychology, and will critically consider several questions including 'Are ghosts real?' 'What is the difference between a ghost and a haunting?' and 'What is the evidence that ghosts exist?'"

A native of Bloomsburg, Robbins holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bloomsburg University, a master's degree in experimental psychology from West Chester University and a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He was a full-time psychology/behavioral sciences faculty member for four years followed by a move into higher education administration and adjunct teaching for the past 15 years. He has developed programs at two separate institutions and headed programs at four institutions, receiving international, national, state and campus awards along the way. He has served as chair and faculty at numerous higher education professional institutes and workshops and has more than 130 professional presentations at higher education conferences and numerous publications in higher education journals and books. He also serves as an editor for a peer-reviewed professional journal and as a reviewer for textbooks in various areas of psychology, and as a national and international consultant in the areas of student development and academic advising in higher education. In addition to his higher education experience, he is a certified parapsychologist who has participated in several ghost hunts, consulted on books about haunting, and been interviewed by the media regarding ghosts and haunting.

"My role is to provide the information and educate the audience, who can then make up their own minds about ghosts and hauntings," says Robbins. "My empirical research training and experience along with my knowledge of human psychophysiology and psychology allow me to bring an academic take on what is known as the "paranormal."

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