October 13, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Rich Robbins will give the talk, "Ghosts and Hauntings: Decide for Yourself," on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

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.

"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 examine several questions including "Are ghosts real?" "What is the difference between a ghost and a haunting?" and "What is the evidence that ghosts exist?" 

Noted psychologist
An associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bucknell and 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 13 years.

Robbins has developed programs at two separate institutions and headed programs at four institutions, receiving 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 100 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, as a manuscript reviewer for another journal, as a professional reviewer for textbooks in various areas of psychology, and as an 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 hauntings, and has been interviewed by the media regarding ghosts and hauntings.

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