Dr Neil DagnallSenior Lecturer

Funded Research Bids

Bial Research Fellowship (December 2006) "Paranormal Belief and Well Being: An Exploration of Cognitive-Perceptual Bias" (€44,000).

Bial Research Fellowship (December 2008) "The Effect of Paranormal Belief and Cognitive-Perceptual Factors on Mnemonic Performance: An Experimental Investigation" (€40,000).

Bial Research Fellowship (December 2010) "Paranormal Belief, Evaluation of Paranormal Experiences, Schizotypy and Reality Testing" (€45,000).

Oldham NHS - Learning Disability Development Fund 2005/06. £7712 (Drinkwater & Dagnall). Funding for Masters (Designing an Accessible Leaflet: Clinical Psychology Services for People with Learning Disabilities).

Awards & Prizes

Bial Research Fellowship (2006, 2008 & 2010).
RIHSC Outstanding Researcher.

Specialist Areas


Attention & memory, retrieval processes, social & collaborative recall and heuristics and biases.

Research Interests


Parapsychology and aspects of cognitive psychology (false memory, eye movements and dynamic visual noise).

Editorships and Consultancies

Reviewer for: Personality and Individual Differences
Perceptual Motor Skills
Psychological Reports
British Journal of Social Psychology
Journal of Scientific Exploration
Journal of Parapsychology
Australian Journal of Parapsychology

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

Irwin, H. J., Dagnall, N., & Drinkwater, K. (2013) "Parapsychological Experience as Anomalous Experience Plus Paranormal Attribution: A Questionnaire Based on a New Approach to Measurement", Journal of Parapsychology, 39-53

Irwin, H. J., Dagnall, N., & Drinkwater, K. (2012) "Paranormal Beliefs and Cognitive Processes Underlying the Formation of Delusions", Australian Journal of Parapsychology, 12, 107-126

Parker, A., Dagnall., N., & Munley, G. (2012) "Encoding tasks dissociate the effects of divided attention on category-cues recall & category exemplar generation", Experimental Psychology, 59, 124-31

Drinkwater, K., Dagnall, N., & Parker, A. (2012) "Reality Testing, Conspiracy Theories, and Paranormal Beliefs", Journal of Parapsychology 76, 57-78

Irwin, H. J., Dagnall, N., & Drinkwater, K. (2012) "Paranormal Belief and Biases in Reasoning Underlying the Formation of Delusions", Australian Journal of Parapsychology, 12, 7-21

Parker, A., & Dagnall, N. (2012) "Effects of saccadic bilateral eye movements on memory in children and adults: An exploratory study", Brain & Cognition, 78, 238-247

Dagnall N., Drinkwater K., & Parker A. (2011) "Alien Visitation, Extra-Terrestrial Life, & Paranormal Beliefs", Journal of Scientific Exploration, 25, 699-721

Dagnall N.A., Parker A., Munley G., Drinkwater K. 2010. "The Relationship between Belief in Extra-Terrestrial Life, UFOs-Related Beliefs and Paranormal Belief" Society for Psychical Research, vol.74.1, no.898, pp.1-14
issn: 0037-9751 url: http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&CSC=Y&NEWS=N&PAGE=fulltext&D=psyc&AN=2010-05127-001

Dagnall N.A., Parker A., Munley G., Drinkwater K. 2010. "Common Paranormal Belief Dimensions" Journal of Scientific Exploration, vol.24, pp.477-494
issn: 0892-3310

Dagnall N.A., Drinkwater K., Parker A., Munley G. 2010. "Reality Testing, Belief in the Paranormal, and Urban Legends" European Journal of Parapsychology, vol.25, 25-55
issn: 0168-7263

Parker A., Dagnall N.A. 2010. "The Effects of Handedness and Saccadic Bilateral Eye Movements on Autobiographical Recollection" Brain and Cognition, vol.73 no.2, pp.93-101
issn: 0278-2626 doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2010.03.005

Dagnall N.A., Munley G., Parker A., Drinkwater K. 2010. "Paranormal Belief, Schizotypy and Transliminality" Journal of Parapsychology, vol.74 no.1, pp.117-143
issn: 0022-3387

Dagnall N.A., Parker A. 2009. "Schizotypy and False Memory" Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry,
issn: 0005-7916 doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2008.08.001

Dagnall N.A., Parker A., Munley G. 2009. "Assessing Superstitious Belief" Psychological Reports, vol.104 no.2, pp.447-454
issn: 0031-5125 doi: 10.2466/pr0.104.2.446-454

Parker A., Dagnall N.A. 2009. "Concreteness Effects Revisited: The Influence of Dynamic Visual Noise on Memory for Concrete and Abstract Words" Memory, vol.17 no.4, pp.397-410
issn: 0965-8211 doi: 10.1080/09658210902802967

Parker, A., Buckley, S., & Dagnall, N. (2009) "Misinformation Effects and Bilateral Eye Movement", Brain and Cognition, 69, 89-97

Dagnall, N., Parker, A., & Munley, G. (2008) "News Events, False Memory and Paranormal Belief", European Journal of Parapsychology, 23, 2008, 173-188

Parker, A., & Dagnall, N. (2008) "Effects of Retrieval Practice on Conceptual Explicit and Implicit Consumer Memory", Applied Cognition, 23, 188-203
url: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/117880685/PDFSTART
doi: 10.1002/acp.1434

Dagnall N.A., Munley G., Parker A. 2008. "The Effects of Part-Set Cuing on the Recall of General Knowledge Information to Experimental Psychology" Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology,

Parker A., Relph S., Dagnall N.A. 2008. "Effects of Bilateral Eye Movement on the Retrieval of Item, Associative and Contextual Information" Neuropsychology, vol.22 no.4, pp.136-145
issn: 0894-4105 doi: 10.1037/0894-4105.22.1.136

Parker A., Buckley S., Dagnall N.A. 2008. "Reduced Misinformation Effects Following Saccadic Bilateral Eye Movements" Brain & Cognition, vol.69 no.1, pp.89-97
issn: 0278-2626 doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2008.05.009

Dagnall N.A., Parker A., Munley G. 2007. "The Effects of Part-Set Cuing on Reminiscence" Perceptual and Motor Skills,
issn: 0031-5125

Dagnall N.A., Parker A., Munley G. 2007. "Superstitious Belief: Negative and Positive Superstitions" European Journal of Parapsychology, vol.22 no.2, pp.121-137
issn: 0168-7263

Dagnall N.A., Munley G., Parker A. 2007. "Memory Aberrations, Transliminality, and Delusional Ideation" Perceptual Motor Skills, vol.106, no.1, pp.67-75
issn: 0031-5125

Parker A., Dagnall N.A. 2007. "Inhibitory Effects in Consumer Memory" Psychological Reports, vol.101, pp.311-318
issn: 0033-2941 doi: 10.2466/PR0.101.1311-318

Dagnall N.A., Parker A., Munley G. 2007. "Paranormal Belief and Reasoning" Personality and Individual Differences, vol.43 no.6, pp.1406-1415
issn: 0191-8869 doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2007.04.017

Dagnall N.A., Parker A. 2007. "Social Collaboration, Inhibition and Context" Psychological Reports, vol.100 no.3, pp.691-699
issn: 0033-2941

Parker A., Dagnall N.A., Coyle A. 2007. "Environmental Context Effects in Conceptual Explicit and Implicit Memory" Memory, vol.15 no.4, pp.423-434
issn: 1464-0686 doi: 10.1080/09658210701309834

Parker A., Dagnall N.A. 2007. "Effects of Bilateral Eye Movements on Gist Based False Recognition in the DRM Paradigm" Brain and Cognition, vol.63 no.3, pp.221-225
issn: 0278-2626 doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2006.08.005

Drinkwater K., Dagnall N.A., Parker A. 2006. "The Effects of Part-Set Cuing on Experienced and Novice Chess Players: Reconstructing A Typical Chess Mid-Game Position" Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol.102, pp.645-653
issn: 0031-5125

Conference Presentations

Drinkwater, K., Dagnall, N.A. & Parker, A. (2012) "Reality testing, conspiracy theories, and paranormal beliefs", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 8th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 2-3 July

Drinkwater, K., Dagnall, N.A. & Parker, A. (2012) "Reality testing, conspiracy theories, and paranormal beliefs (Poster)", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 8th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 2-3 July

Dagnall, N., & Drinkwater, K. (2012) "The Effect of Paranormal Belief and Cognitive Perceptual Factors on Mnemonic Performance: An Experimental Investigation", 10th Bial Symposium

Drinkwater, K., & Dagnall, N. (2012) "Conspiracy Theories, Reality Testing and paranormal Beliefs", keynote speech at University of Northampton

Drinkwater, K., & Dagnall, N. (2011) "Paranormal Belief: A selection of paranormal research currently taking place at MMU", keynote speech at University of Central Lancashire

Buckley, S., Parker, A. & Dagnall, N. (2010) "Effects of Bilateral Eye Movements on Memory for Source", Research Institute Health and Social Change Annual Conference

Dagnall, N., & Drinkwater, K., (2010) "The Effect of Paranormal Belief and Cognitive-Perceptual Factors on Mnemonic Performance: An experimental investigation", Society for Psychical Research Conference

Dagnall, N., Drinkwater, K., Munley, G., & Parker, A. (2010) "The Effect of Paranormal Belief and Cognitive-Perceptual Factors on Mnemonic Performance: An Experimental Investigation", Research Institute Health and Social Change Annual Conference

Dagnall, N., Drinkwater, K., Munley, G., & Parker, A. (2010) "Paranormal Belief and Well Being: An Exploration of Cognitive-Perceptual Bias", 8th Bial Symposium

Dagnall, N., Drinkwater, K., Munley, G., & Parker, A. (2010) "The Effect of Paranormal Belief and Cognitive-Perceptual Factors on Mnemonic Performance: An Experimental Investigation (Poster)", Research Institute Health and Social Change Annual Conference

Dagnall, N., Drinkwater, K., Munley, G., & Parker, A. (2010) "The Effect of Paranormal Belief and Cognitive-Perceptual Factors on Mnemonic Performance: An Experimental Investigation (Poster)", 8th Bial Symposium

Drinkwater, K., & Dagnall, N. (2010) "The Ravens Coloured Progressive Matrices: An Alternative to the WAIS-III: Assessing IQ for Black and Ethnic Minority Group Adults with Learning Disabilities", Research Institute Health and Social Change Annual Conference

Parkin, A. Parker, A. & Dagnall, N. (2010) "Effects of Bilateral Eye Movements on Autobiographical Memory", Research Institute Health and Social Change Annual Conference

Drinkwater, K., & Dagnall, N. (2009) "The Contribution of Focus Groups to the Development of an Accessible Clinical Psychology Leaflet", Research Institute Health and Social Change Annual Conference

Dagnall, N., Drinkwater, K., Munley, G., & Parker, A. (2009) "Paranormal Belief, Schizotypy, Delusional Ideation and Transliminality", Research Institute Health and Social Change Annual Conference

Drinkwater, K., & Dagnall, N. (2009) "The Ravens Coloured Progressive Matrices: An Alternative to the WAIS-III: Assessing IQ for Black and Ethnic Minority Group Adults with Learning Disabilities", Research Institute Health and Social Change Annual Conference

Supervised Research Student Titles

The Relationship between Self-Monitoring and Insight in Schizophrenia

Current Teaching Input


Year 1: Cognitive psychology; Practicals
Year 2: Cognitive Psychology; Practicals; Statistics & Methods
Year 3: Projects

Other Responsibilities


Part-time degree Programme Leader
First Year Tutor
Assistant Psychology exams officer Bsc.Honours degree
Paper leader for Cognition & Neuropsychology
Neil Dagnall

Research Centre

Health, Rehabilitation and Psychology

Department

Psychology Department
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
Manchester
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 2472560

Fax: 0161 2476364

Email: n.dagnall@mmu.ac.uk