Frontiers of Communication and Anomalistic Research is a formal research line developed by the STReaM group (Society, Technology, Religion and Media) of the School of Communication and International Relations, Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University. This unit of study specializes in those belief, behavioral and communication systems that challenge the ontological and epistemological bases of scientific knowledge. The main characteristic of this unit is that it uses statistical methods and mathematical models to develop its research projects.
WHO WE ARE
This research unit emerged from the collaboration of five university professors belonging to three different universities: Blanquerna Foundation (Ramon Llull University), Manchester Metropolitan University and Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School). These collaborations generated joint scientific publications in high impact journals and fostered a professional desire for international and collaborative research. Frontiers of Communication and Anomalistic Research is the result of the scientific efforts of several researchers and professors who currently continue to develop projects and publications in the field of anomalistic research.
The term anomalistic research is an expression that arises from academic skepticism and falsificationism with the aim of designating the study of extraordinary phenomena of behavior and experience into the following groups:
1) Belief systems (e.g., pseudoscientific, paranormal, supernatural, etc.).
2) Radical ideologies (e.g., the study of the phenomenon of sects, political radicalism, etc.).
3) Thinking styles (e.g., magical thinking, intuitive thinking, random thinking, etc.).
4) Anomalous perceptions (e.g., illusion phenomena, perceptual biases, altered states of consciousness, etc.).
5) Unexplained behavioral phenomena (e.g., remote viewing, anomalous iformation reception, etc.).