Read the Most Recent Edition
Founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson, the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) at the University of Virginia is a research group devoted to the investigation of phenomena that challenge mainstream scientific paradigms regarding the nature of human consciousness.
The core mission of DOPS is rigorous evaluation of empirical evidence for extraordinary human experiences and capacities. Major research areas include investigations into the mind’s relationship to the body, as well as the possibility of consciousness surviving physical death.
Additionally, DOPS studies the impact of these experiences on people, explores the implications for scientific theory, and disseminates this information broadly to both the public and scientific communities. It is the hope of DOPS that other scientists join in addressing the serious study of the nature of consciousness and its interaction with the physical world.
We appreciate your kind donations and generous support of our research
Jim Tucker, MD - Director, Bonner-Lowry Professor
Bruce Greyson, MD - Chester Carlson Prof. Emeritus
Kim Penberthy, PhD - Chester Carlson Prof. of Psychiatry
Edward Kelly, PhD - Professor of Research
Marieta Pehlivanova, PhD - Research Assistant Professor
Jim Tucker, MD - Director of DOPS, Bonner-Lowry Prof. of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences
Kim Penberthy, PhD - DOPS Chester Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences
Deborah Blum, M.A. - Director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at M.I.T.
Are near-death experiences real? Here’s what science has to say.
Psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Greyson studied 1,000 near-death experiences.
Here’s what he discovered.
Check out presentations, radio programs, podcasts, articles, and other media our researchers have been a part of over the years. In this popular UVA Medical Center Hour, DOPS researchers highlight the division's work since its founding over 50 years ago.
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.
The staff of the Division welcomes information about unusual or anomalous experiences that appear to challenge normal explanations.