Paul Francis Cunningham

Paul Francis Cunningham
Rivier University · Department of Psychology

Ph.D, General/Experimental Psychology

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Introduction
My book, Introduction Transpersonal Psychology: Bridging Spirit and Science, is currently available for pre-ordering at the Routledge web page: https://www.routledge.com/Introduction-to-Transpersonal-Psychology-Bridging-Spirit-and-Science/Cunningham/p/book/9781032051093 In addition to the book, there is an online Student Resource that contains chapter outlines, student learning objectives, and a list of Open Educational Resources.
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September 1986 - present
Rivier University
Position
  • Faculty Member
September 1986 - May 2018
Rivier University
Position
  • Professor Emeritus
Description
  • COURSES TAUGHT: Behavior Mod, Biostatistics, Neuroscience, Cognitive, Personality,, Cross-Cultural, Sensation and Perception, Educational, Experimental, Testing & Assessment, General, Transpersonal, Health, History and Systems

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Publications (45)
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This is the first part of a two-part article that presents the theoretical and empirical case for nonhuman animal (hereafter, ‘animal’) spirituality. Part 1 discusses the relevance of evolutionary theory and species differences for understanding animals’ capacity to have spiritual experience, conceptual issues related to defining animal spiritualit...
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This is the second part of a two-part article presenting the theoretical and empirical case for nonhuman animal (hereafter, ‘animal’) spirituality. Part 1 discussed the relevance of evolutionary theory and species differences for understanding animals’ capacity to have spiritual experience, conceptual issues related to defining animal spirituality,...
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The purposes of this article are to provide a meaningful and critical discourse on the state of the field, identify key obstacles to an intersubjectively shared transpersonal vision, discuss whether transpersonal phenomena disclose the existence of actual transcendent realities, and propose an integrative framework on which the field of transperson...
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Routledge is now accepting pre-publication orders for my Introduction to Transpersonal Psychology: Bridging Spirit and Science textbook that provides an accessible and engaging introduction to this complex and evolving field. Adopting a modular approach, the book systematically relates key themes of transpersonal psychology to three major areas wit...
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This article addresses what Chalmers called the "hard problem" of explaining consciousness - the problem of experience - in the context of a mediation brain theory in which consciousness is a fundamental feature of physical matter. It presents a novel explanation of how mind-to-brain transmission operates in a way that accounts for the existence of...
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This experimental study examined 2 questions: (a) Does the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Form A (HGSHS:A) tap the "classic suggestion effect" and (b) does the wording of postexperimental questions bias subjective reports of hypnotic subjects? Results indicated that a significant minority of individuals who "passed" test suggestion...
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This article examines the methodological issue of whether the content of mediumistic/channeled communications can be used to determine the source of those communications ("content-source problem") within the context of the trancepossession mediumship of Jane Roberts. The Seth material receives a thorough new examination in light of three approaches...
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This article provides a critical examination of a controversial issue that has theoretical and practical importance to a broad range of academic disciplines: Are religious experiences localized within the brain? Research into the neuroscience of religious experiences is reviewed and conceptual and methodological challenges accompanying the neurothe...
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This is the first part of a two-part article that provides in-depth background information and a critical examination of a phenomenon that has importance not only to transpersonal psychology but also to psychology and science more generally–the protracted Marian apparition at Medjugorje. The article presents four perspectives that may advance under...
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Comments on the special issue on Charles Darwin and psychology (Dewsbury, February-March 2009) (see record 2009-01602-013), in which the authors present evidence supporting the validity of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and how generations of psychologists have viewed the natural world through its light, taking Darwinian theories for granted...
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Humanistic psychology and transpersonal psychology (or a "transpersonal humanism") can aid the Humanistic Project of humanizing an inhumane human cultural world by helping individuals unlearn the limited and limiting ideas and beliefs ("double-binds") communicated by the physical and natural sciences, medicine, religion, and psychology that undermi...
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The purpose of this article is to argue for a transpersonal interpretation of the Marian apparitions at Medjugorje from the critical realist perspective of philosopher-theologian John Hick and the psychic framework of Aspect Psychology of mystic and writer Jane Roberts. A brief overview of the events tied to Medjugorje is presented, and several key...
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Speech at the Celebrating Pedagogy Conversation - IX held at Rivier University (formerly Rivier College)
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Several substantial critiques remain a source of fractionalizing debate within transpersonal psychology, including the weakness of its definition, whether it is redundant with Wilber’s integral psychology, whether it is a scientific field, whether it is too metaphysical, whether it neglects the problem of evil, and what contribution can it make to...
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Despite its substantial scientific, academic, and professional achievements, transpersonal psychology hasnot been fully incorporated within traditional undergraduate psychology curricula. One reason is conventional psychology’s prejudiced perception of humanity’s spiritual nature. Other reasons lie within the field of transpersonal psychology itsel...
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I dedicate today’s talk to Abraham Maslow, one of the founders of transpersonal psychology, the third President of our esteemed Association, and 76th president of the American Psychological Association (APA). Maslow’s election as APA president in 1969 provided an extraordinary opportunity for the ideas behind transpersonal psychology to assert them...
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Chairs at 262 prominent U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities (75% response rate) completed a questionnaire about animal use, student choice policies, and alternatives to the use of animals in undergraduate psychology education. Results indicated that a majority of institutions used animals in teaching, only a minority had choice policies wit...
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This article identifies some of the important issues that underlie student-teacher conflicts regarding animal experimentation and dissection in psychology education. Understanding the reasons why students object to animal laboratories, why some teachers may refuse students access to non-animal alternatives, and why other teachers support student ch...
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This article identifies some of the important issues that underlie student-teacher conflicts regarding animal experimentation and dissection in psychology education. Understanding the reasons why students object to animal laboratories, why some teachers may refuse students access to non-animal alternatives, and why other teachers support student ch...
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Comments on M. Domjan's and J. E. Purdy's (see record 1995-45383-001) study of leading introductory psychology textbooks. Their results indicate that with the exception of principles of conditioning and learning, the contributions of animal research to psychology were not explicitly acknowledged. The 3 remedies recommended by Domjan and Purdy to co...
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At one time or another we have all made use of animals. Plous (1993) observes that in modem American society, “it is virtually impossible to live without relying on animals. Animal by-products of the meat industry are found not only in the foods we eat and the clothes we wear, but in the walls of our homes, in kitchen and bathroom floors, in toilet...
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THE EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT PROBE PROCEDURES ON THE EXPERIENCE OF IMAGINING IN HYPNOTIC AND WAKING STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS (VERBAL REPORTS, PHENOMENOLOGY) by CUNNINGHAM, PAUL FRANCIS, The University of Tennessee, 1986, 373 pages; ProQuest UMI 8701784 The purpose of this exploratory study was to find out how imagining activity is different when it is v...

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My book, Introduction Transpersonal Psychology: Bridging Spirit and Science, is currently available for ordering at the Routledge web page: https://www.routledge.com/Introduction-to-Transpersonal-Psychology-Bridging-Spirit-and-Science/Cunningham/p/book/9781032051093 In addition to the book, there is an online Student Resource that contains chapter outlines, student learning objectives, and a list of Open Educational Resources.
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Transpersonal concepts are rarely brought to bear in discussions about the nature of nonhuman animals. The purpose of this project is to fill this gap in the literature by discussing the transpersonal nature of animals from the perspective of mystic and writer Jane Roberts.
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My book--Introduction to Transpersonal Psychology: Bridging Spirit and Science--has now been published by Routledge (an imprint of Taylor & Francis publishers) and is available for distribution in 2022. It is a 14-chapter book designed to introduce students and the general reading public to the subdiscipline of Transpersonal Psychology and to the field of Humanistic Psychology that gave it birth. The book offers a preliminary attempt to address the growing need for a generalized model of curricula for courses in Transpersonal-Humanistic Psychology and serve as an encouragement to teachers of psychology to introduce this exciting area of study to their students. It is available for ordering online now at https://www.routledge.com/Introduction-to-Transpersonal-Psychology-Bridging-Spirit-and-Science/Cunningham/p/book/9781032051093 You can get a good overview of the contents of the book by clicking on the link “Student Materials” located at the bottom of the Routledge web page.