I am a UK-based wellbeing practitioner (Natural Resources: Wellbeing & PPP) and academic psychologist. My professional interests include:
An emerging field, ecopsychology studies our psychological connections to the natural environment, applying ecological principles to psychology and psychotherapy. It also has a specific aim of defining environmentally-based standards for mental health.
Effects of weak, low-frequency magnetic fields on human behaviour
PhD Psychology Thesis: "A biophysical approach to psi effects and experience" (University of Edinburgh, 1997)
ABSTRACT: Psi, the unknown factor(s) in instances of apparently anomalous interaction between an organism and its environment, has long defied attempts to be usefully incorporated in a theoretical framework. By considering the different levels - physical, physiological and psychological - at which psi phenomena may be viewed as having an effect, a system theoretic approach is taken to model the way in which two systems may interact. The physical level is first considered, making the assumption that there exists an energetic psi signal. Inferring the required properties of such a signal from the types of system successfully used in psi experiments, it is proposed that the signal may be seen as acting to modify fluctuations in the electromagnetic zero-point field, its precise characteristics being determined by the activity of the electrodynamic system which generated it. A typical target system is simulated, and the presence of a perturbation - the psi signal - is shown to parallel the type of effect seen in empirical data. An experiment looking for possible distance attenuation effects using a system predicted to be sensitive to the proposed signal type is detailed. Expanding on this basic concept, a more detailed study is made of different systems and the possible types of emissive activity they may undergo. The same systems are then considered for their receptive properties. It appears that the systems most capable of detecting a psi signal are biological cells, with the site of primary interaction being the cell membranes, the semiconductor properties of which are compared to non-biological systems. Two experiments are reported, one looking at human and the other at non-biological sensitivity to electromagnetic fields, these being considered to be detected in an analogous manner to a psi signal. Similarities in the electromagnetically modified activity of the different systems were found. Next the psychophysiological factors which would better enable a human to make use of psi signals are considered, with another experiment demonstrating the use of subconscious response techniques. Finally, the possible mental experience of a human using psi is considered, comparing the premises of this thesis to laboratory and anecdotal reports. A final experiment which made use of a proposed psi enhancement technique, utilising a learned correlatory response between internal state and external feedback, is described. Based on the ideas presented, potential sources of interference are discussed, along with suggestions as to how to minimise such noise. Overall, the findings of the experiments offer support to the idea that psi interacts with organisms on a cellular level, with the psi experience being determined in part by the psi sensitive person's subjective interpretation of their perturbed physiological activity. Although at an early stage, this approach appears to offer a useful conceptual approach for psi research.
BSc Astronomy thesis: "Computer modelling of the Solar corona-chromosphere transition region" (UCL, 1992)
ABSTRACT: The solar transition region, defined as the region between T=2.5x104K, represents a discontinuity in the temperature-desnity profile of the chromosphere-corona. Models of this region which assume energy loss purely by radiative processes have been unsuccessful in reproducing observational features, most notably the small distance over which the temperature rises and the emission measures. This study attempts to show the importance of flux processes introduced by large scale mass motions. The source of such motions is discussed and a comparison of the relative importance of energy loss by conduction and by radiation is made.
Last updated: 21st September 2018