Middle Tennessee Psychological Association
Middle Tennessee State University will be hosting the Middle Tennessee Psychological Association’s 2014 spring meeting. The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their efforts to colleagues from other colleges and universities.
The schedule for this year’s meeting will be as follows:
8:30—9:00 AM Registration
9:00—9:45 AM Poster Session I/Lab Tours and Study Participation
10:00—11:00 AM Keynote Speaker
11:15 AM—12:30 PM Paper Sessions (up to five concurrent sessions, based on demand)
12:45—1:30 PM Poster Session II/Interactive Psychology Education Advice
1:30—1:45 PM Business meeting
2014 Program (will be live by 4/25/14)
Joseph O. Baker
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
East Tennessee State University
Adventures in Qualitative, Statistical, and Subcultural Analyses
Using a mix of qualitative fieldwork and quantitative analyses of national survey data, we explore patterns of paranormal belief, practice, and experience in the United States. Several noteworthy themes emerge. First, we find that Americans engage the paranormal at relatively high rates and in multiple ways—some broad and shallow (generalists), others narrow and deep (specialists). Second, we outline a particularly interesting non-linear relationship between conventional religious involvement and paranormal belief that resolves a longstanding paradox in the scholarly literature. Finally, we detail the critical role of language, narrative, and (socially constructed) knowledge in paranormal experiences and subcultures.
Joseph O. Baker is an assistant professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at East Tennessee State University and a senior research associate for the Association of Religion Data Archives. His research focuses on culture, with specific attention to religion, secularism, perceived knowledge, and deviance. His work has been featured in journals such as the Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Public Understanding of Science, Social Forces, Social Science Research, Sociological Forum, Sociological Quarterly, Sociological Perspectives, and Review of Religious Research. He is an editorial board member for Sociology of Religion (Oxford University Press). He is co-author of Paranormal America and is currently finishing the book American Secularism: Social and Cultural Contours of Nonreligions, which will be available in 2015 from New York University Press.
Copies of Paranormal America will be available for purchase at the event.
Guidelines and Information
|Past MTPA Programs
2010 Program (from APSU)
2009 Program (from APSU)
2008 Program (from APSU)
2004 Program (from Belmont)
2003 Program (from Belmont)
2002 Program (from Belmont)
1998 Program (from Belmont)
1997 Program (from Belmont)
1996 Program (from Belmont)
1995 Program (from Belmont)
1994 Program (from Belmont)
1993 Program (from Belmont)