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Welcome to the Website of the Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research

The Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research, Incorporated (AIPR, Inc., or Parapsychology Institute) was established in 1977 and is a non-profit community association. The AIPR is based in Sydney, New South Wales, and its membership is world-wide.


The aims of the organisation are:

  • To collect, assess and disseminate factual information about claims of psychic (paranormal) phenomena.
  • To support and encourage parapsychology (the scientific study of paranormal phenomena). See Rosemary Breen's study on "Paranormal Experiences"; See Helen Billow's study on "Belief".
  • To provide support in matters to do with alleged or actual experiences of a paranormal nature that may require relief of suffering, distress, or helplessness (see seeking help).
  • To undertake or promote activities (e.g., fundraising, social events, etc.) in support of the above.


  • Psychic experiences (or claims of such) should be studied and treated in the same way as other human experiences.
  • The AIPR places psychic phenomena in the broader context of experience, health and illness.
  • The AIPR advocates the use of the scientific method.

The Australian Journal of Parapsychology

The academic aims and philosophy of the AIPR are served through Australian Journal of Parapsychologyour peer-reviewed journal, Australian Journal of Parapsychology which is published twice-yearly (June and December). The journal features research articles on parapsychology and book reviews.

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The AIPR also publishes a newsletter, The AIPR News, which is available free of charge to journal subscribers.

To find out more about the journal and the newsletter, click here or go to the menu bar above and click on 'the journal'.

AIPR Certificate Courses

The AIPR offers four courses in parapsychology:

The AIPR Certificate in Parapsychology and the AIPR Advanced Certificate in Parapsychology. These two online courses give students an education in the field of parapsychology by instilling a comprehensive understanding of paranormal phenomena. To find out more, click here, or go to the menu bar above and click on 'education'.

The AIPR Advanced Certificate in Experiential Parapsychology. This course is run for groups of students who like to experience psychic phenomena directly. The emphasis is on having fun; hands-on doing psychic things. There are no exams or written assignments. This course is run in Sydney, Australia. To find out more, click here: AIPR Experiential Course.

Poltergeist Disturbances and Hauntings. Almost everyone has a 'ghost' story involving paranormal phenomena. This course is run in Sydney, Australia. To find out more, click here: Poltergeist and Haunting.


Past Events


On November 21st, 2013, AIPR in conjunction with the University of Western Sydney presented

The 5th Annual AIPR Lecture

"Navigating to the Inside: First Person Science Perspectives on Consciousness and Psi"


Speaker: Dr. Rafael Locke

Dept. of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Sciences

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA


First person science of consciousness has emerged as a challenging and potentially fruitful approach to investigating the relationship between consciousness, states of consciousness, and psi phenomena. It is concerned with subjective experience rather than with observation and measurement focused on behaviour, physiological, and neurological factors. In the lecture, Dr. Locke showed how first person science of consciousness effectively addresses the 'inside' of the research process with respect to what it is like to be a research subject and a research scientist. Dr. Locke discussed some promising lines of investigation in the field of 'neurophenomenology'the study of relationships between human experience and brain events and dynamics. Dr. Locke also showed how experience itself requires very sophisticated and often controversial research methods, and he illustrated his points with examples from current research and specific case studies.

 Dr. Rafael Locke has conducted clinics in psychotherapy, integrative medicine and cultural medicine (shamanic practice) for the last 30 years in the US and Australia. His approach to working with people is informed by the latest in research on consciousness, the dynamics of healing, neurosciences and cross-cultural medicine.

(Dr. Locke's lecture is available for download: left click LOCKE LECTURE. You can also find the link by going to the menu bar above and clicking on 'resources'.)


Past Events


On November 21st, 2013, AIPR in conjunction with the University of Western Sydney launched

Monograph No. 2: "Education in Parapsychology"

Author: Professor Harvey J. Irwin

Dr. Adam Rock (AIPR President) announced the release of Dr. Harvey J. Irwin's new book Education in Parapsychology. Harvey's book is the second in the AIPR Monograph Series, and it addresses the provision of educational experiences in the field of parapsychology.  Education in Parapsychology is designed to meet the needs of both students and instructors. Part 1 examines motives and misconceptions about parapsychology. Part 2 looks at teaching a course in parapsychology, including the design of a balanced curriculum. "This monograph will help to enrich the educational experiences of both parapsychology instructors and parapsychology students." Harvey J. Irwin, PhD, Adjunct Research Fellow, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia.



For more information about Education in Parapsychology, click here; to purchase online ($25), click here

Professor Harvey J. Irwin is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Behavioural, Cognitive, and Social Sciences, University of New England, where he conducts research on the psychology of parapsychology.

Past Events


On November 7th, 2012, AIPR in conjunction with the University of Western Sydney presented

The 4th Annual AIPR Lecture

"Synchronicity and the I Ching"

Speaker: Lance Storm

School of Psychology

University of Adelaide

In 1960, psychologist Carl Gustav Jung published a book called “Synchronicity” which described a paranormal phenomenon he called ‘meaningful coincidence’. This controversial phenomenon has been contrasted with ‘meaningless chance groupings’ and paranormal phenomena such as Extra-Sensory Perception (e.g., mind-reading). Ironically parapsychologists, who have been studying ESP for over a century, tend to ignore Synchronicity, even though it is a paranormal phenomenon. Jung thought the ancient Chinese system of divination, the I Ching, might be a way of testing Synchronicity.

In this lecture, Dr. Storm introduced some basic parapsychological concepts, and presented results from his studies on the I Ching. Dr. Storm also discussed the purpose and usefulness of the Synchronicity concept.

Dr. Lance Storm is a Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide where he conducts research in psychology and parapsychology.


Past Events


On November 29th, 2011, AIPR in conjunction with the Phoenix Institute presented

The 3rd Annual AIPR Lecture

"What Is Paranormal Belief And Can It Be Measured?"

Speaker: Tony Jinks

School of Psychology

University of Western Sydney

Psychology has a troubled relationship with the paranormal, and arguably the most comfortable way for mainstream psychologists to associate with the field is through the study of superstitious and paranormal beliefs, rather than actual paranormal experiences. This presentation briefly discusses the history and variety of paranormal belief questionnaires, how they are administered, and the sometimes-heated arguments over research outcomes. This lecture was based on Dr. Tony Jinks newly released book, An Introduction to the Psychology of Paranormal Belief and Experience.

Dr. Tony Jinks lectures at the University Western Sydney,where he teaches neuroscience and paranormal studies to psychology students. He is a specialist consultant for the Australian Journal of Parapsychology and publishes in a wide variety of scientific fields.

(The AIPR holds the AIPR Annual Lecture late in the year. In 2010, Dr. Adam Rock spoke on the correspondences between Transpersonal Psychology and Parapsychology. In 2009, our inaugural lecture ("Is there a Paranormal Explanation for Past Life Information?") featured parapsychologist Dr. Jurgen Keil who spoke on past life information. To hear Dr. Keil's lecture (duration: 34 mins.), left click KEIL LECTURE to play, or right click to download. You can also find the link by going to the menu bar above and clicking on 'resources'.) 

Past Events


On May 4, 2011, AIPR in conjunction with the Phoenix Institute presented

The AIPR Monograph Series Book Launch

Monograph No. 1: "Shamanism And Psi"

Authors: Dr. Lance Storm and Dr. Adam J. Rock

Shamanism and Psi describes an alternative approach to producing paranormal effects in the laboratory. Many parapsychologists are convinced that popular picture-identification techniques are the best ways to elicit Extra-Sensory Perception (ESP), but the authors have their doubts.

In their innovative monograph, Storm and Rock summarize the major findings and problems involved in several areas of ESP research (i.e., relaxation, dreams, hypnosis, meditation, and ganzfeld), they take issue with the so-called ‘noise-reduction’ model, and they present their Imagery Cultivation Model which is based on shamanic practices. The book also details the successful results of the very first experimental tests of the authors' new Imagery Cultivation Model.

At the book launch, Lance Storm and Adam Rock spoke briefly about their Imagery Cultivation Model. Shamanism and Psi is available for purchase ($25). To purchase online, click here.



  Dr. Adam Rock is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of New England where he teaches and conducts research in psychology and parapsychology.  

Dr. Lance Storm is a Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide where he conducts research in psychology and parapsychology.


Parapsychology Books For Sale


A wide range of second-hand books on parapsychology and related topics are for sale at very competitive prices. To find out more, click here.


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