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Founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson, the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) is a highly productive university-based research group devoted to the investigation of phenomena that challenge mainstream scientific paradigms regarding the nature of the mind/brain relationship. Researchers at DOPS are focused on studying phenomena related to consciousness functioning beyond the confines of the physical body, and phenomena that suggest continuation of consciousness after physical death.
DOPS researchers objectively document and rigorously analyze empirical data collected regarding human experiences which suggest that mind and brain may be distinct and separable, and that consciousness may persist in detectable ways beyond bodily death.
It is our hope that other scientists will join us in addressing the serious study of the nature of consciousness and its interaction with the physical world.
We very much appreciate your kind donations and support of our research.
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The Hard Science of Reincarnation
VICE: The Hard Science of Reincarnation. All over the world, scholars studying reincarnation are making findings even skeptics have difficulty explaining-by Rebecca Nathanson VICE: Tech Section
"Consciousness Unbound: Liberating Mind from the Tyranny of Materialism"-edited by Edward F. Kelly and Paul Marshall
In this new book, Ed Kelly and Paul Marshall build on the groundbreaking research of "Irreducible Mind" and "Beyond Physicalism". The authors gather a cohort of leading scholars to address the most recent advances in our understanding of the psychology of human consciousness. Learn More
"After" Selected by The Next Big Idea Club
The Next Big Idea Club editorial staff reviews dozens of upcoming books every season to identify the most exciting, must-read nonfiction titles. They start with a broad pool of nominees, and then share them with curators—Adam Grant, Susan Cain, Daniel Pink, and Malcolm Gladwell—to identify six finalists and, ultimately, two official season selections. "After" is on the list of nominees for Spring 2021. The Next Big Idea Club
Dr. Bruce Greyson, the world's leading expert on near-death experiences, reveals his journey toward rethinking the nature of death, life, and the continuity of consciousness.
"After" is available now.
Dr. Bruce Greyson, leading expert on near-death experiences, reveals his journey toward rethinking the nature of death, life, and the continuity of consciousness.
What happens when we die? Approximately 10% of people whose hearts stop report near-death experiences (NDEs). Stories of lights, tunnels and loved ones have been relayed — and dismissed — since ancient times. But when Dr. Bruce Greyson’s patients started describing events that he could not just dismiss, he began to investigate.
In After, Dr. Greyson shares the transformative lessons he has learned over four decades of research. In this book, Bruce Greyson challenges us to consider what NDEs can teach us about the relationship between our brain and our mind, expanding our understanding of consciousness, and of what it means to be human.
Dr. Bruce Greyson’s Website
These two books contain first-person accounts of Jim B. Tucker’s experiences with a number of extraordinary children with memories of past lives, and expands on the international work started by Tucker’s University of Virginia mentor and colleague Ian Stevenson.
Jim Tucker’s goal in each case of a child reporting memories of previous lives is to determine what happened—what the child has said, how the parents have reacted, whether the child’s statements match the life of a particular deceased person, and whether the child could have learned such information through normal means. Tucker has found case studies that provide persuasive evidence that some children do, in fact, possess memories of previous lives.
Thought-provoking and captivating, the stories in Before urge readers, skeptics and supporters alike to think about life, death, and reincarnation and to reflect about their own consciousness and spirituality.
Dr. Jim B. Tucker’s Website
In this video, Dr. Tucker presents cases from our collection of this worldwide phenomenon, as well as details of recent American cases.
Dr. Tucker was invited to give this talk at the 2019 Vail Symposium.
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Books by DOPS Faculty
Explore the many books authored by DOPS faculty covering subjects such as past life memories, near death experiences and the study of mind and body. Learn More
In this UVA Medical Center Hour, DOPS researchers highlight the unit's work since its founding over 50 years ago. Our dedicated and passionately focused faculty and staff are privileged to continue this research into the future. DOPS researchers are leading the way in the study of survival of consciousness beyond the physical body. View More Media
In 2018, John Cleese moderated a discussion amongst the UVA DOPS researchers regarding the nature of consciousness and the evidence for survival of consciousness after physical death.
John Cleese is a friend and supporter of the research being done at UVA DOPS.
The staff of the Division welcomes information about unusual or anomalous experiences that appear to challenge normal explanations.