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.
Lamont, P. (2017). Modern Magic, the illusion of transformation, and how it was done. Journal of Social History, shw126, https://doi-org/10.1093/jsh/shw126
Lamont, P. (2017). A particular kind of wonder: the experience of magic past and present. Review of General Psychology, 21(1), 1-8.
- Lamont, P. (2015). Doing student projects in CHIP: the potential for discourse analysis. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 16(1), 53-60.
- Lamont, P. (2013) Extraordinary beliefs: a historical approach to a psychological problem (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. (2010). Debunking and the psychology of error: a historical analysis of psychological matters. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 7(1), 34-44.
- Lamont, P., Coelho, C., & McKinlay, A. (2009). Explaining the unexplained: justifying disbelief in the paranormal. Discourse Studies, 11(5), 543-559.
- Lamont, P. (2007). Paranormal belief and the avowal of prior scepticism. Theory and Psychology, 17(5), 681-696.
- Lamont, P. & Bates, C. (2007). Conjuring images of India in nineteenth century Britain. Social History, 32(3), 309-325
- Lamont, P. (2004). Spiritualism and a mid-Victorian crisis of evidence. Historical Journal, 47(4), 897-920.
Responsibilities & affiliations
I am a member of the British Psychological Society, and a former Secretary of the BPS (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).
I am currently the course organiser for Psychology 1A and B, and Psychology 2A and B. I also teach History and Theory of Psychology (hons), and contribute to the teaching of qualitative methods at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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.
My research is primarily on the history and psychology of magic and the paranormal, as part of the wider history and theory of Psychology, often called CHIP (Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology).