Dr Peter Lamont
I studied history here at the University of Edinburgh, before completing a PhD on Victorian beliefs about spiritualism. In 1996, I joined the Koestler Parapsychology Unit (based in this department). From 2002 to 2005, I was an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow, and became a lecturer in Psychology here in 2006.
I teach History and Theory of Psychology (third year), History of Unorthodox Psychology (fourth year), and contribute to the teaching of qualitative methods at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am currently Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS).
If you wish to meet up, the easiest way is to e-mail me, so that we can arrange an appropriate time as soon as possible.
- Lamont, P. (2013) Extraordinary beliefs: a historical approach to a psychological problem (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
- Lamont, P. (2010). Reflexivity, the role of history and the case of mesmerism in early Victorian Britain. History of Psychology,13(4), 393-408.
- Lamont, P., Henderson, J. M., & Smith, T. (2010). Where science and magic meet: the illusion of a ‘science of magic’. Review of General Psychology, 14(1), 16-21.
- Lamont, P. & Bates, C. (2007). Conjuring images of India in nineteenth century Britain. Social History, 32(3), 309-325.
- Lamont, P. (2007). Paranormal belief and the avowal of prior scepticism. Theory and Psychology, 17(5), 681-696.
- Lamont, P. (2004). Spiritualism and a mid-Victorian crisis of evidence. Historical Journal, 47(4), 897-920.
PPLS Undergraduate Director
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I am Secretary of the British Psychological Society (History and Philosophy Section). I am a member of the Society for Psychical Research, a Fellow of the Institute for Cultural Research, an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle, and a former President (and Honorary Member) of the Edinburgh Magic Circle. I am a reviewer for several academic journals, including History of Psychology, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences and History of the Human Sciences. I am also co-founder of the Edinburgh Secret Society (but I can't say anything about that).