Exists Life after Death? Fifty Years of Research at UVA

February 22,2017
Jim B. Tucker.
Bruce Greyson.
Edward F. Kelly.
J. Kim Penberthy.

Does some element of our character make it through physical death? Long a doctrinal and philosophical concern, in the 20 th century this ended up being the topic of clinical research study. Fifty years back, in 1967, Ian Stevenson, then chair of UVA’s Department of Psychiatry, produced a research study system– now called the Division of Perceptual Studies– to study exactly what, if anything, of the human character endures after death. Dr. Stevenson’s own research study examined numerous accounts of children who declared to remember previous lives.

In this Medical Center Hour, professors from the Division of Perceptual Studies highlight the system’s work given that its starting, consisting of research studies of supposed previous lives, near-death experiences, and mind-brain interactions in phenomena such as deep meditation, veridical out-of-body experiences, deathbed visions, evident interaction from departed individuals, transformed states of awareness, and terminal lucidity face to faces with irreparable mental retardation. As the department enters its 2nd half-century, exactly what are its research study top priorities and collaborations?

History of the Health Sciences Lecture.
Co-presented with Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA.