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Thesis Supervision

I have a responsibility to supervise undergraduate student theses in psychology at King's University College. I am also sometimes allowed to supervise undergraduate theses for students registered in the honours specialization in psychology at Western University. I also sometimes take Independent Studies students both from King's and Western. I have Master’s level member status at the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Western University, which allows me to supervise master's theses and co-supervise doctoral dissertations. So, if you fit into any of those categories and are interested in my areas of expertise, then come and talk to me to see if we can work something out.

My philosophy is that a thesis is a student's independent research project from conceptualization, through design, data-gathering, data-analyses, presentation of results, and writing. My job is to intervene as necessary for pedagogical purposes. Students can choose whatever topic in the area of consciousness studies they want as long as it is doable and they do not hurt anyone. If students wish, they can adopt projects from my research agenda described on my research projects page or I can suggest other topics that may be of interest to them.

I have a laboratory at King's University College that is equipped with a computer and some furniture. Software on the computer includes DirectRT that can be used for taking reaction time measures and SPSS and RStudio for statistical analyses. I also have a Psyleron REG-1 Professional Edition electronic random event generator that students can use. The Department of Psychology pays the research costs for thesis students registered at King's University College. For other projects, we can usually come up with something that doesn't come with any financial costs.

My students regularly present their work at academic conferences as posters or talks and, on average, about one out of four projects ends up published in a paper. This is the list of publications with student work:

Fleming, P. (1985). The application of computers in teaching language skills to autistic children. The Saskatchewan Psychologist, 85(2), 19–24.)

Johnson, G. (1990). Telepathic dreams. Consciousness Review, 1, 37–46.

Jewkes, S. & Barušs, I. (2000). Personality correlates of beliefs about consciousness and reality. Advanced Development: A Journal on Adult Giftedness, 9, 91−103.

Heintz, L. & Barušs, I. (2001). Spirituality in late adulthood. Psychological Reports, 88, 651−654.

Woods, K. & Barušs, I. (2004). Experimental test of possible psychological benefits of past-life regression. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 18(4), 597−608.

Lukey, N. & Barušs, I. (2005). Intelligence correlates of transcendent beliefs: A preliminary study. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 24(3), 259−270.

Wammes, M. & Barušs, I. (2009). Characteristics of spontaneous musical imagery. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 16(1), 37−61.

Bal, M. & Barušs, I. (2011). Perceived parental attachment and achievement motivation. Psychological Reports, 109(3), 940−948.

Barušs, I. & Rabier, V. (2014). Failure to replicate retrocausal recall. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 1(1), 82−91.

Barušs, I., van Lier, C., & Ali, D. (2014). Alterations of consciousness at a self-development seminar: A Matrix Energetics seminar survey. Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research, 5(11), 1064−1086.

Undergraduate Theses & Independent Study Projects

Beliefs about reality and the phenomenology of introspection, John Miedema, 1991 (co-supervised with Dr. D. Humphrey)

Imaginal activity in wakefulness and lucid dreams, Heather Andrews, 1991 (co-supervised with Dr. S. Davies)

Moral Reasoning and Affect: The Effect of State Anxiety, Induced by Point of View and Dilemma Impact, on Moral Reasoning, Randal Williams, 1992 (co-supervised with Dr. J. Havelka)

Photic stimulation and altered states of consciousness, Scott Wright, 1997 (co-supervised with Dr. S. Davies)

Personality correlates of beliefs about consciousness and reality, Sonya Jewkes, 1999

Spirituality in late adulthood, Lisa Heintz, 1999

Intelligence correlates of beliefs about consciousness and reality, Nicole Lukey, 2003

Changes in psychological well-being associated with childbirth, Rebecca Webster, 2003

Psychological effects of past-life imagery, Kellye Woods, 2003

Characterizing feelings of reality, Lee-Anna Sangster, 2004

Personality, spirituality, and the experience of elevation, Sarah McNichol, 2005 (co-winner of King's thesis award)

Profanity as an addictive behaviour, Rob Horvath, 2005 (co-winner of King's thesis award)

The stages of the will: An investigation of Roberto Assagioli's model of the will, Matt Hayter, 2005

Existential intelligence: A preliminary study for the development of a new construct, Colleen Iascone, 2006

The role of anomalous phenomena in psychological well-being: A correlational study, Mike O'Reilly, 2007

The characteristics and correlates of spontaneous musical imagery, Mike Wammes, 2007

The effect of disidentification on authenticity of life purposes, Barbara Zboinska, 2007

Perceived parental attachment and achievement motivation free from fear of failure, Mena Bal, 2009

Personality correlates of human/machine interactions, Lindsay Morris, 2009

The role of perceived interpersonal closeness and receiver collaboration in anomalous information transfer, Patrick Gruggen, 2010

The effects of instruction on anomalous human-machine interaction, Jennifer Leandro, 2010

Materialist vs. transcendent: Implicit beliefs on the nature of reality, Asha Howard, 2011

Dream incubation as a method of problem solving, Jennifer Stewart, 2011

Spirituality as a mediator for the relationship between personality and death anxiety, Damian Cieslak, 2011

The associations among tchnology use, mindfulness, and psychological well-being, Naremaan Matti, 2012

The relationship between extraversion and performance on retroactive facilitation of recall task, Vanille Rabier, 2012

Determining the Relationship between Belief in Free Will and Self-Regulation, Robert Nowosielski, 2013

Examining Changes in Well-Being Associated with a Matrix Energetics Seminar, Carolyn van Lier, 2013

Investigating the Effects of Matrix Energetics, Diana Ali, 2013

Exploring Big Data Analytics: Predictors of Psychological Well-Being in a Canadian Sample, Canaan Legault, 2014

Surrendering to the Vine of the Soul: Ayahuasca Shamanism as a Logotherapy, Maria Paula Rayo Gomez, 2016 (winner of King's thesis award)

Direct Mental Influence on Random Event Generators, Tayzia Collesso, 2017

An Experimental Test of the Effect of Visualization on the Human-Machine Interface for a Random Event Generator, Maria Forrester, 2017

Finders Course Alumni Survey I, Kelsey Thomas, 2018

Finders Course Alumni Survey II, Kelsey Thomas, 2019

How mathematicians think, Jordan Kritzinger, 2019

Graduate Research Projects

An empirical examination of contemporary American spiritualist mediumship at Lily Dale, New York, Diana Ali, Major Research Project for MA in American Studies, Western University, 2018