Dr Caroline Watt

Photograph of Dr Caroline Watt
Senior Lecturer
0131 650 3382
S33 (7GS)
Research Interests
Current research interests are the psychology of paranormal beliefs and experiences, especially precognitive dream experiences, and the measurement and aetiology of paranormal belief.

Between October 2010 and December 2014 I held the prestigious Perrott-Warrick Senior Researcher Fellowship. This enabled me to pursue a programme of research investigating the psychology of precognitive dream experiences.

I am a member of the Differential and Health Psychology group and a founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit (KPU).  For further information about my work, please visit the KPU website. Summary information is below. The KPU celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2015. Follow my blog to find out more about the events we will be staging throughout the year to mark our anniversary.

PhD Opportunities

Info about PG supervision

  • I am interested in supervising Doctoral research in the following areas:
  • The psychology of precognitive dream experiences
  • The causes and consequences of belief in the paranormal.

Contact me to further explore topics.

Representative Publications

  1. Watt, C. (2014). Precognitive dreaming: Investigating anomalous cognition and psychological factors. Journal of Parapsychology, 78, 115-125.

  2. Valášek, M., Watt, C., Hutton, J., Neill, R., Nuttall, R. & Renwick, G. (2014). Testing the implicit processing hypothesis of precognitive dream experience. Consciousness and Cognition, 28, 113-125.

  3. Easter, A., & Watt, C. (2011). It’s good to know: How treatment knowledge and belief affect the outcome of distance healing intentionality for arthritis sufferers. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 71, 86-89.

  4. Rabeyron, T., & Watt, C. (2010). Paranormal experiences, mental health and mental boundaries, and psi. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 487-492.
  5. Schlitz, M., Wiseman, R., Watt, C., & Radin, D. (2006). Of two minds: Skeptic-proponent collaboration within parapsychology. British Journal of Psychology, 97, 313-322.



Curriculum Vitae


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