David Luke

Dr David Luke CertTESOL, BSc Hons, PGCertHE, PhD

David Luke

Dr David Luke
CertTESOL, BSc Hons, PGCertHE, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

Faculty of Education & Health

Dr David Luke is a Senior Lecturer for Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling at the University of Greenwich.

David joined the university in 2008, and is course coordinator for Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience; and Individual Differences and Abnormal Psychology on the undergraduate programme. He is also lecturer on research methods; criminology and forensic psychology; and functional neuropsychology for speech and language therapists.

David's particular interest is transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, having published over 100 academic papers in this area, to be one of the leading researchers in this specialist area.

David was President of the Parapsychological Association (2009-11), and has received an Early Career Research Excellence Award (2011) from the University of Greenwich.

Posts held previously:

  • 2004-15, Guest Lecturer, Psychology, University of Northampton.
  • 2008-09, Visiting Lecturer, Psychology, University of East London.
  • 2007-09, Research Associate, The Beckley Foundation
  • Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
  • Lecturer on BSc Hons Psychology programme
  • Course coordinator for Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience; and Individual Differences and Abnormal Psychology

Reviewer: 

  • Time and Mind: Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture, 2015-Present
  • Psychedelic Press UK Journal, 2014-Present
  • Explore: Journal of Science and Healing, 2014-Present
  • Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 2013-Present
  • Anthropology of Consciousness, 2013-Present
  • Frontiers in Psychology, 2013-Present
  • Journal of Scientific Exploration, 2012-Present
  • Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2012-Present
  • Journal of Parapsychology, 2012-Present
  • Paranthropology, 2011-Present
  • European Journal of Ecopsychology, 2010-Present
  • Drugs and Alcohol Today, 2007-Present
  • Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 2006-Present
  • Personality and Individual Differences, 2006-Present

Memberships/other:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
  • External Advisor: development and validation of the MA Interdisciplinary Psychology, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Member, Departmental Research Ethics Committee (Psychology and Counselling)
  • Director, Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness invited lecture series, Institute of Ecotechnics, 2008-present
  • Director, Breaking Convention: Psychedelic Research Foundation, 2011-present
  • Consultant on psychedelic research, Eleusis Benefit Corporation, 2015-present
  • Review Board Member: Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal
  • Editorial Committee: European Journal of Ecopsychology
  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of Psychedelic Studies.
  • Review Board Member: Journal of Exceptional Experiences in Psychology

Luke's broad research interests meet at the intersection between altered states of consciousness and anomalous psychological phenomena. This includes the individual differences and social psychology of beliefs about luck, magic and the paranormal, and experimental and field parapsychology from a multidisciplinary perspective. In particular, the intersection with psychology, anthropology, archaeology, ethnobotany and psychopharmacology, as well as interest in the psychology and neuroscience of exceptional human experience, altered states of consciousness (especially with psychedelics) and transpersonal psychology.

  • Bial Foundation Grant: Individual differences in psychosocial and neurological predictors of surveilance deteection via extrasensory means, 2014
  • University of Greenwich Research and Enterprise grant: survey exploring the neurochemical taxonomy of induced synaesthesia, 2011
  • University of Greenwich Research and Enterprise grant: melatonin and dream psi research, 2010
  • Perrott-Warwick Fund (administered by Trinity College, Cambridge) grant: dream psi research, 2009
  • Parapsychological Association Research Endowment grant: research into "the effects of mescaline on precognition performance", 2008

Books:

King, D., Luke, D., Sessa, B., Adams, C. and Tollen, A. (2015). Neurotransmissions: Essays on psychedelic research from Breaking Convention. London: Strange Attractor Press. 

Hunter, J. and Luke, D. (2014). Talking with the spirits: Ethnographies from between the worlds. Brisbane: Daily Grail Publishing.

Adams, C., Luke, D., Waldstein, A., Sessa, B. and King, D. (2013). Breaking Convention: Essays on psychedelic consciousness. London: Strange Attractor Press.

Holt, N., Simmonds-Moore, C., Luke, D. and French, C. (2012). Anomalistic Psychology. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Peer reviewed journals:

Terhune, D. B., Luke, D. P., Kaelen, M., Bolstridge, M., Feilding, A., Nutt, D., Carhart-Harris, R., Ward, J. (2016). A placebo-controlled investigation of synaesthesia-like experiences under LSD. Neuropsychologia. April.

Luke, D. and Zychowicz, K. (2014). Comparison of outcomes with non-intentional and intentional precognition tasks. Journal of Parapsychology, 78(2), pp. 223-234.

Luke, D. and Morin, S. (2014). Exploration of the validity and utility of a reward contingency in a non-intentional forced-choice precognition task. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 78, pp. 207-218.

Roney-Dougal, S., Ryan, A. and Luke, D. (2014). The relationship between local geomagnetic activity and psychic awareness. Journal of Parapsychology, 78(2), pp. 235-254.

Luke, D. and Zychowicz, K. (2014). Working the graveyard shift at the witching hour: Further exploration of dreams, psi and circadian rhythms. International Journal of Dream Research, 7(2), pp. 105-112.

Luke, D. and Terhune, D. B. (2013). The induction of synaesthesia with chemical agents: A systematic review. Frontiers in Psychology, 4(753), pp. 1-12.

Roney-Dougal, S. M., Ryan, A. and Luke, D. (2013). The relationship between local geomagnetic activity, meditation and psi. Part I: Literature review and theoretical model. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 77(2), pp. 72-88.

Luke, D. (2013). Ecopsychology and the psychedelic experience. European Journal of Ecopsychology, 4, pp. 1-8.

Luke, D. P. (2012). Psychoactive substances and paranormal phenomena: A comprehensive review. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31, 97-156.

Luke, D., Zychowicz, K., Richterova, O., Tjurina, I. and Polonnikova, J. (2012). A sideways look at the neurobiology of psi: Precognition and circadian rhythms. NeuroQuantology: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Neuroscience and Quantum Physics, 10(3), pp. 580-590.

Luke, D., Terhune, D. and Friday, R. (2012). Psychedelic synaesthesia: Evidence for a serotonergic role in synaesthesia. Seeing and Perceiving, 25, p. 74.

Luke, D. (2012). Parapsychology 2037: Advancing under the aegis of aligned approaches? Journal of Parapsychology, 76 (supplement), pp. 31-32.

Luke, D. (2011). Experiential reclamation and first person parapsychology. Journal of Parapsychology, 75, pp. 185-199.

Luke, D. (2011). Discarnate entities and dimethyltryptamine (DMT): Psychopharmacology, phenomenology and ontology. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 75, pp. 26-42.


Book chapters:

Gallimore, A. and Luke, D. (2015). DMT research from 1956 to the end of time. In: D. King, D. Luke, B. Sessa, C. Adams, and A. Tollen, eds., Neurotransmissions: Psychedelic essays from Breaking Convention. London: Strange Attractor Press., pp. 291-316.

Luke, D. (2015). Drugs and psi phenomena. In: E. Cardeña, J. Palmer, and D. Marcusson-Clavertz, eds., Parapsychology: A handbook for the 21st century. Jefferson, NC: McFarland., pp. 149-164.

Luke, D. (2015). Una introducción a la parapsicofarmacología: Revisión de métodos multimodales para el estudio de psi usando sustancias psicodélicas. In: A. Parra, ed., Ojos Invisibles; La cruzada por la conquista del espiritu: Una Neurociencia de las Experiencias Paranormales. Buenos Aires: Editorial Antigua., pp. 213-234.

Luke, D. (2015). Transpersonal psychology. In: M. Cardin, ed., Ghosts, spirits, and psychics: The paranormal from alchemy to zombies. Westport, CT: ABC-CLIO., pp. 337-338.

Luke, D. (2015). Psychic archaeology. In: M. Cardin, ed., Ghosts, spirits, and psychics: The paranormal from alchemy to zombies. Westport, CT: ABC-CLIO., pp. 241-242.

Luke, D. (2015). The Parapsychological Association. In: M. Cardin, ed., Ghosts, spirits, and psychics: The paranormal from alchemy to zombies. Westport, CT: ABC-CLIO., pp. 211-212.

Luke, D. (2015). Drugs and the paranormal. In: M. Cardin, ed., Ghosts, spirits, and psychics: The paranormal from alchemy to zombies. Westport, CT: ABC-CLIO., pp. 67-71.

Luke, D. (2015). Connecting, diverging and reconnecting. Putting the psi back into psychedelic research. In: J. Hunter, ed., Strange Dimensions: A Paranthropology anthology. Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, UK: Psychoid Books., pp. 377-402.

Luke, D. (2015). The psychedelic trickster In: R. Dickens, and T. Read, eds., Out of the Shadows: A cornucopia from the Psychedelic Press. London: Muswell Hill., pp. 41-46.

Luke, D. (2015). Psychic dreams: Evidence, transformational process and magical thinking. In: M. Schroll, ed., Steps toward a reconciliation of the divorce between matter and spirit: Reflections on parapsychological inquiry, sacred sites, dreaming, transpersonal psychology, and the anthropology of consciousness. Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, UK: Psychoid Books., pp. 321-327.

Krippner, S. and Luke, D. (2014). Psychedelics and species connectedness. In; R. Doblin and B. Burge, eds., Manifesting minds: A review of psychedelics in science, medicine, sex, and spirituality. Santa Cruz, CA: Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies., pp. 238-245. 

Luke, D. (2014). Psychedelic possession: The growing incorporation of incorporation in ayahuasca use. In: J. Hunter, and D. Luke, eds., Talking with the spirits: Ethnographies from between the worlds. Brisbane, Australia: Daily Grail Publishing., pp. 229-254. 

Luke, D. and Hunter, J. (2014). Talking with the spirits: Ethnographies from between the worlds. In: J. Hunter, and D. Luke, eds., Talking with the spirits: Ethnographies from between the worlds. Brisbane, Australia: Daily Grail Publishing., pp. 9-16. 

Terhune, D. B., Luke, D. and Cohen Kadosh, R. (2013). The induction of synaesthesia in non-synaesthetes. In: O. Deroy, ed., Sensory blending: New essays on synaesthesia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Luke, D. (2013). So long as you've got your elf: Death, DMT and discarnate entities. In: A. Voss, and W. Rowlandson, eds., Daimonic imagination: Uncanny intelligence. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing., pp. 282-291. 

Luke, D. (2013). Psychedelics, parapsychology and exceptional human experience. In: C. Adams, D. Luke, A. Waldstein, B. Sessa, and D. King, eds., Breaking Convention: Essays on psychedelic consciousness. London: Strange Attractor Press., pp. 220-227.

Luke, D. (2013). Afterword. In: J. Hunter, ed., Why people believe in spirits, gods and magic. New York: FW Media [e-book]., pp. 99-101.

Luke, D. (2012). Altered states of consciousness, mental imagery and healing. In: C. Simmonds-Moore, ed., Exceptional human experiences, health and mental health. Jefferson, NC: McFarland., pp.64-80.

Luke, D. (2012). Experiential reclamation and first person parapsychology. In: J. Hunter, ed., Paranthropology: Anthropological approaches to the paranormal (2nd anniversary anthology). Bristol: Paranthropology., pp. 179-195.

Luke, D. (2012). Psi-verts and psychic piracy: The future of parapsychology? In: D. Pinchbeck and K. Jordan, eds., Exploring the edge realms of consciousness: Liminal zones, psychic science, and hidden dimensions of the mind. New York: North Atlantic Books., pp. 114-128.

Luke, D. (2012). Notes on getting cactus lodged in your reducing valve: San Pedro and psychic abilities. In: R. Heaven, ed., Cactus of mystery: The shamanic powers of the Peruvian San Pedro cactus. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press., pp. 167-195.

Luke, D. (2011). Anomalous phenomena, psi and altered consciousness. In: E. Cardeña, and M. Winkelman, eds., Altering consciousness: A multidisciplinary perspective, volume 2- Biological and psychological perspectives. Westport, CT: Praeger., pp. 355-374.

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Luke, D. (2015). Ecodelia: Psychedelic plants and transpersonal ecopsychology. Invited lecture for Plant Consciousness conference, 26-27 September, Regents Park College, London.

Luke, D. (2015). The varieties of psychedelic experience: Mapping transpersonal psychopharmacology. The British Psychological Society Transpersonal Psychology Section Annual Conference, 18-20 September, Cober Hill, Scarborough,.

Luke, D. (2015). Exploring the apparently psi-conducive but methodologically elusive nature of ritual psychedelic use. The combined 58th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association and 39th International Society for Psychical Research Annual Conference, 16-19 July, University of Greenwich.

Friday, R. and Luke, D. (2015). Individual differences in psychosocial and neurological predictors of surveillance detection via extrasensory means. The combined 58th Annual Convention of the parapsychological Association and 39th International Society for Psychical Research Annual Conference, 16-19 July, University of Greenwich.

Brusewitz, G., Parker, A., Luke, D. and Puhle, A. (2015). An experimental study of physiological connectedness among twins in relation to attachment. The combined 58th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association and 39th International Society for Psychical Research Annual Conference, 16-19 July, University of Greenwich.

Luke, D. (2015). Psychedelic synaesthesia: New light on an old phenomenon. Breaking Convention: The 3rd International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness, 10-12 July, University of Greenwich.

Luke, D. (2015). How does one prove one's-elf? - Exploring the ontology of discarnate entities in the DMT realm. Breaking Convention: The 3rd International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness, 10-12 July, University of Greenwich.

Luke, D. (2014). Psilocybin, telepathy & religious experience. National Fungus Day, 12 October, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.

Luke, D. (2014). Psychedelic Possession: Incorporating incorporation into plant shamanism. The 18th Annual Conference of British Psychological Society Transpersonal Psychology Section, 10-12 October, University of Northampton. 

Luke, D. (2014). Psychedelics and anomalous experience. The Entheo-Science conference, 12-14 September, Freiland Potsdam, Berlin. 

Friday, R. and Luke, D. (2014). Now see hear! Psychosocial and neurological predictors of extrasensory detection of being seen or heard. The 38th International Annual Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, 5_7 September, University of York.

Luke, D. (2014). Psychedelic consciousness: Exceptional and transpersonal experience. BPS Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section 2nd symposium on Altered States of Consciousness: Drug States, 21 June, London.

Luke, D. (2014). Fragments of an anarchist psychology. Hallucinatory Theatres, Art Research Symposium, Goldsmiths College, 12-14 May, London.

Luke, D. (2014). Experiencing the future: Precognition and consciousness; altered or otherwise. Scientific and Medical Network's 37th Mystics and Scientists conference, 4-6 April, University of Warwick.

Roney-Dougal, S. Ryan, A. and Luke, D. (2014). Long-term study of the relationship between local geomagnetic activity and psychic awareness. Bial Foundation 10th Biennial Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal.

Luke, D. (2013). Psychedelic ESP research, 1918-1980. Altered Consciousness 1918-1980 conference, Queen Mary, 16-17 November, University of London.

Luke, D. (2013). The neurochemistry of altered states of consciousness and its relationship with mediumship. The IVth Congress on Medicine and Spirituality, 9-10 November, London.

Luke, D., Firth, B. and Pilkington, M. (2013). The men (and woman) who stare at (sheep and) goats: Beliefs, expectations, experiences, neurology and gender in haunt site vigils. The International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, 6 September, University of Swansea.

Friday, R. and Luke, D. (2013). I hear dead people: Individual differences in the perception of anomalous voices in ambiguous electronic audio recordings. The International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, 6th September, University of Swansea.

Roney-Dougal, S. Ryan, A. and Luke, D. (2013). Follow-up study of the relationship between local geomagnetic activity and psychic awareness. The International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, 6th September, University of Swansea.

Roney-Dougal, S. Ryan, A. and Luke, D. (2013). Follow-up study of the relationship between local geomagnetic activity and psychic awareness. 56th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, 9-11 August, Viterbo: Italy. p. 29-30.

Luke, D. (2013). Psi and psychoactive substances. In: 56th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, 9-11 August, Viterbo: Italy. p.49.

Luke, D. (2013). Psychedelic trickster: Steve Abrams. Breaking Convention: The 2nd Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness, 12-14 July, University of Greenwich.

Luke, D. (2013). It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards: Psychedelic precognition. Breaking Convention: The 2nd Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness, 12-14 July, University of Greenwich.

Luke, D., Terhune, D. and Friday, R. (2012). Musical shapes on breathing walls: Psychedelic synaesthesia. The Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research, 6-7 October, Amsterdam.

Luke, D. (2012). How to get cactus lodged in your reducing valve: San Pedro and psychic abilities. The 36th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, 7-9th September, University of Northampton.

Luke, D., Terhune, D. and Friday, R. (2012). Psychedelic synaesthesia: A possible serotonergic role. The International Multisensory Research Forum, 14th International Conference, 19-22nd June, Experimental Psychology Department, University of Oxford.

Luke, D. and Terhune, D. (2012). Musical shapes on breathing walls: Psychedelic synaesthesia. [Poster]. UK Synaesthesia Association Annual Conference, 14-15th April, Merton College, University of Oxford,.

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