October 12, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Parapsychologist Rich Robbins will give the talk, "Ghosts and Hauntings: Decide for Yourself," Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

Robbins, an associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bucknell, 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. It 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?' and "What natural phenomena could explain such events?" 

Native of Bloomsburg
The recipient of a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bloomsburg University, Robbins holds 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 before moving into higher education administration and adjunct teaching for the past 14 years.

Robbins has developed programs at two separate higher education institutions and headed programs at four institutions, receiving international, national, state and campus awards along the way. He has served as chair and faculty member 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 haunting, and been interviewed by the media regarding ghosts and hauntings.

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