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James E Alcock



   York Hall 125
   416-736-2100 x 88358

Religious Beliefs

McMaster University

  • Alcock, J.E. (April, 2018) Belief. What it means to believe and why our convictions are so compelling. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books..
  • Alcock, J.E.,  & Sadava, S. (2014). An introduction to social psychology. Global perspectives. London: Sage. 
  • lAlcock, J.E., Carment, D.W. & Sadava, S. (2005). A textbook of social psychology. (6th. ed.)Toronto: Pearson.   
  • Alcock, J.E., Burns, J. & Freeman, A. (Eds.) (2003). Psi wars. London: Imprint Academic.
  •   Alcock, J.E. (1990). Science and supernature. Buffalo,NY: Prometheus Books
  • Alcock, J.E. (1981). Parapsychology: Science or magic? Oxford: Pergamon Press. <> [French edition (1989): Parapsychologie: Science ou magie?.Paris: Flammarion; Bulgarian edition (1986)]
Journal Articles


Selected Peer Reviewed Articles
  Ladowsky-Brooks, R. & Alcock, J.E. (2007). Semantic-episodic interactions in the neuropsychology of disbelief. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 12, 97-111.    
  Antoniazzi,M., Celinski, M. & Alcock, J.E. (2002).Self-responsibility and coping with pain: Disparate attitudes towards psychosocial issues in recovery from workplace injury. Disability and Rehabilitation, 24(18), 948-953.    
Book Chapters


Alcock, J.E. (1981). Psychology and near-death experiences. In K. Frazier (Ed.), Paranormal Borderlands of Science (pp. 153-169). Buffalo: Prometheus Books. [Reprint of Alcock, 1979)]

Alcock, J.E.  (1985) Parapsychology as a "spiritual science".  In P. Kurtz (Ed.), A skeptic's handbook of parapsychology (pp. 537-565) Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books.

Alcock, J.E. (1986). Parapsychology's past eight years: a lack-of-progress report.  In K. Frazier (Ed.), Science confronts the paranormal. (pp.20-27). Buffalo: Prometheus Books.  [Reprint of Alcock, (1984)]

Alcock, J.E. (1992). Religion and rationality. In J. Schumaker (Ed.), Religion and mental health (pp. 122-131).  Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Alcock, J.E. (1994) An analysis of psychic sleuths' claims. In J. Nickell (Ed.), The psychic sleuths (pp. 172-190).  Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books.

Alcock, J.E. (1996). The propensity to believe. In N. Levitt. et al (Eds.), The flight from reason. New York: New York Academy of Sciences.

Alcock, J.E. (1997). Social psychology and mental health. In Sadava, S. et al (Eds.) Applied social      psychology. New York: Prentice-Hall.

Alcock, J.E. (1998).The belief engine. In K. Frazier (Ed.),  (1998). Encounters with the paranormal. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books. [Reprint of Alcock, 1985]

Alcock, J.E. (2000).  Alternative medicine and the psychology of belief.  In W.  Sampson and L.  Vaughn (Eds.), Science meets alternative medicine: What the evidence says about unconventional treatments.  Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books.

Alcock, J.E. (2001). Science versus pseudoscience, non-science, and nonsense.  In P.  Kurtz (Ed.)    Skeptical Odysseys.  Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Press.

Alcock, J.E. (2003).  Give the null hypothesis a chance.  Reasons to remain doubtful about the existence of psi.  In Alcock, J.E., Burns, J. & Freeman, A..  (Eds.)  Psi Wars.  London: Imprint Academic. [Translated into Swedish:Alcock, J.E. (2005) Parapsykologins problem. In J. Jeskert & S.O. Hansson (Eds.), Vetenskap eller villfarelse (pp 197-220). Sweden: Leopard Forlag].  

Alcock, J.E. (2006).  The social psychology of sustainability. In E. Laszlo & Peter Siedel (Eds)., Global survival : the challenge and its implications for thinking and acting. New York: Select Books.

Alcock, J.E. (2009). The psychology of chronic pain.  In  R. Oatley & J. McLeish (Eds.), Oatley McLeish Guide to Anatomy and Impairment, Toronto: LexisNexis Canada

Alcock, J.E. (2009).   The parapsychologist’s lament.  In S. Krippner & H.  Friedman (Eds), Mysterious Minds: The Neurobiology of Psychics, Mediums and other Extraordinary People, Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood (Pp. 35-44)

Alcock, J.E. (2010).   Attributions about impossible things. In In S. Krippner & H.  Friedman(Eds), Debating Psychic Experiences. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger (Pp. 29-42).

Alcock, J. E. (2016). Forward. In T. Witkowski, Psychology led astray. (PP. ix-x). Boca Raton, FL: Brown Walker Press

Alcock, J. E. (2017). Afterward-Bear in mind. In K. Stollznow (Ed.), Would you believe it? (Pp.239-246).


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