Adam Rock Adam Rock

Associated Distinguished Professor
Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
School of Consciousness and Transformation

Ph.D.
Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia

Adam J. Rock, Ph.D., is an academic psychologist at the University of New England, Australia. He is a former Founding International Board Member of the International Transpersonal Association and a former President of the Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research. He is the Research Editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, an Associate Editor of Anthropology of Consciousness, and an Editorial Board Member for Frontiers of Psychology (Educational Psychology and Quantitative Measurement subsections). He has over 100 professional publications and his most recent books include The Survival Hypothesis (2014) and In Search of Psi (2014). He uses quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method approaches to investigative, for example, shamanic-like journeying phenomena, anomalous information reception by claimant mediums, and spiritual emergency.

Areas of Expertise

  • The phenomenology, epistemology, ontology and personality correlates of shamanic-like journeying phenomena, which I typically investigate using experimental designs and quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches.
  • The link between altered states of awareness (e.g., induced by listening to monotonous drumming coupled with imagery cultivation) and anomalous cognition (e.g., clairvoyance), which I typically investigate using experimental designs and quantitative methods.
  • Proof-focused studies of anomalous information reception by claimant mediums, which I investigate using experimental designs and quantitative methods.
  • Process-focused studies of the phenomenology of anomalous information reception by claimant mediums, which I investigate using non-experimental designs and qualitative methods (e.g., thematic analysis guided by principles of phenomenological methodology).
  • The phenomenology, personality correlates and factor analytic structure of ‘spiritual emergency', which I investigate using cross-sectional designs and quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches.
  • The link between altered states of awareness and addiction with a special emphasis on problem gambling and alcohol craving, which I typically investigate using experimental designs and quantitative analyses. However, this area also lends itself to qualitative and mixed-method approaches.

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