The 13th Symposium of the BIAL FOUNDATION: “Behind and Beyond the Brain, The Mystery of Time”, will be held at Casa do Médico, Porto, Portugal, April 1 – 4, 2020.
Dr. Penberthy’s oral poster presentation for BIAL Grant Holders will take place 2:30-3:30, Thursday, February 4th, 2020.
In her poster presentation Dr. Penberthy will offer findings from her recently completely research project: “Meditators and Nonmeditators: A Descriptive Analysis Over Time with a Focus on Unusual and Extraordinary Experiences”.
This research project explores the impact of meditation upon extraordinary experiences.
The abstract can be found below:
Background: Some research indicates that meditation increases mindfulness as well as paranormal experiences of precognition, telepathy, clairvoyance, and synchronicities. There is limited knowledge about the frequency or impact of these experiences in meditators and the general population.
Aims: Aims were to assess frequency and impact of self-reported mindfulness, paranormal experiences and performance on psi tasks in two groups over time.
Method: We explored frequency of mindfulness, psi, and extraordinary experiences and abilities in those enrolled in a meditation program and those not meditating and the impact of such experiences or abilities.
Results: 118 participants completed the study. Those who engaged in a meditation practice (and scored higher on the mindfulness variables) reported higher levels of paranormal experiences (M = 1.48, SD = .18) than the control group (M = 1.81, SD = .15, p < .001). Additionally, the meditation group reported higher levels of meaning attributed to those experiences (M = 78.10, SD = 17.04) than the control group (M = 64.89, SD = 25.40, p = .002) at the end of the study.
Conclusions: The non-randomly selected group that received training in meditation demonstrated increased mindfulness scores over time and their mindfulness levels appears to be positively associated with higher levels of reported paranormal experiences both before and after the intervention, when compared to the control group. Performance on psi tasks did not improve in either group over time and these tasks may not be sensitive enough to detect significant changes.
The MEET-UP for the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) will begin at 1 pm. The meeting will take place at the D&R Greenway Johnson Education Center, Princeton, New Jersey
Dr. Jim Tucker, the successor of Dr. Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies will join the ICRL on April 18th. For many years Dr. Tucker has investigated cases of young children who report memories of previous lives, and he is the author of “Life Before Life” and “Return to Life,”. Dr. Tucker will present an overview of his research.
For more information please contact:
International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL)
468 North Harrison Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Dr. Bruce Greyson to speak for Seattle IANDS Anniversary Celebration
Bruce Greyson, M.D., is the Chester Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He co-founded the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS), and served for many years on the Board of Directors, as IANDS’ President, Director of Research, and for 25 years, Editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies. Bruce’s research has focused on the aftereffects of near-death experiences, and has resulted in more than 100 publications in academic medical journals. He is the co-editor of The Near-Death Experience: Problems, Prospects, Perspectives (1984) and of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences (2009), and author of After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond (scheduled for release March, 2021).
This event is Saturday, June 13, 2020 and the IANDS webinar sponsors will limit the attendance to 100 people.
Tickets to this IANDS Webinar are $15.00 and you must sign up in advance via this link.
Please note, tickets are going quickly.
Kim Penberthy PhD presents: Contemplative Practices and Extraordinary Experiences.
Extraordinary experiences and abilities may be brought about by intentionally changing consciousness via various contemplative methods such as meditating. Some research indicates that various forms of meditation are associated with increased mindfulness and paranormal experiences of precognition, telepathy, clairvoyance, and synchronicities. Data exploring these descriptive studies of reported experiences will be presented, along with our early investigations on the impact of a meditation course in various populations. We will focus on self-reported extraordinary experiences and psi in a variety of contexts and studies and present data that found large percentages of people in the general public report such experiences. We will also review our most recent research comparing a self-selected group of meditators versus non-meditators and our findings regarding the frequency and impact of self-reported mindfulness, paranormal experiences, and performance on psi tasks over time and the meaning associated with these experiences. Recommendations for future research will also be provided.
November 7th, 2020, 2:30 pm London time.
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A preview of Dr. Penberthy’s talk:
Edward Kelly PhD presents: Mind Beyond Brain: Towards Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality
This presentation will begin with a sketch of the 15-year Esalen “Sursem” (from “survival seminar”) project that resulted in the books Irreducible Mind (2007) and Beyond Physicalism (2015).
The former mainly sought to collect in one place a large amount of empirical evidence for various “rogue” psychological and physiological phenomena that resist or defy explanation in conventional physicalist terms, while the latter went on with a modest degree of success to the more difficult problem of identifying some more commodious sort of conceptual framework, or worldview, or metaphysical system potentially capable of accommodating those phenomena. Dr. Kelly will then go on to a brief account of subsequent developments including recent advances in both research and theory, which will result early next year in a third book in this series, and end by attempting to state succinctly what Dr. Kelly thinks the entire project adds up to, both intellectually and practically.
November 7th, 2020, 4:00 London time.
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Kim Penberthy PhD, will present “An Introduction to the Study of the Mind-Body Relationship with a Focus on Extraordinary Experiences and Fear of Death” in a live Zoom presentation, hosted by Claudia Nielsen, as part of an ongoing series of The Scientific and Medical Network London group talks currently held online. These talks were previously held as live events in Hampstead, London.
Kim will provide a brief overview of the Division of Perceptual Studies of the University of Virginia, its history, and current research focus, including near death experiences and their impact. She will then focus on her own current research exploring the impact of both spontaneous experiences, such as perceived communications from deceased loved ones, and intentionally induced alterations in consciousness, via such things as meditation and other contemplative exercises. The results of multiple studies exploring these impacts will be discussed. She will also explore fear of death and dying and their recent research exploring the prevalence of such as well as potential effective strategies to reduce this anxiety and why doing so would be beneficial.
9th November, 2020:7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, London time
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Don’t miss an opportunity to participate in this online book launch event with Dr. Bruce Greyson who will be discussing his new book After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond
The book covers Dr. Greyson’s personal and professional journey in the field of near-death studies over his long, four decade career.
You can reserve your seat today for this online event to honor Dr. Greyson for the incredible gift of a lifetime of service and careful research that has changed the world’s awareness and perception of the phenomenon of near-death and similar experiences.
This is expected to be a very popular event and there is limited virtual seating so please reserve your seat today.
The event will include a fireside chat with Dr. Greyson.
National University of Singapore Depart. of Psychology is hosting an online workshop: “Bridging Esoteric Vajrayana Buddhism Practices With Science to Enhance Human Cognition”
The workshop brings together psychologists, neuroscientists, and medical scientists together with Vajrayana scholars and practitioners to examine the effects of mind-body practices of Vajrayana—the Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhist tradition on enhancing human cognition and creativity.
The online conference takes place: 16 March 2021 – 4 April 2021
March 28: from 5 pm – 8 pm
7:00 – 7:45 pm: Risks associated with advanced Vajrayana practices and their medical applications
Panel discussants: Jennifer Kim Penberthy (University of Virginia), Laurence Kirmayer (McGill University), Alexander Levitov (East Virginia Medical School)
Based on the pre-recorded talks, the panel will discuss scientific research on creativity and the ways Vajrayana practices can contribute to understanding creativity concepts in general and the main meditation techniques currently under study.
The format is both asynchronous (from March 16–26, 2021) and synchronous (live sessions via Zoom on March 26-28, April 2-4, 2021):
- Virtual Workshop: All talks will be recorded in advance and be made available from March 16, 2021 until March 26, 2021.
- Live Sessions: There will be a number of panels, related to the recorded talks, each with an assigned timeslot for live discussion in real-time during March 26-28, and April 2-4, 2021.
Please note: All times are in EST. Due to speakers and participants joining us internationally, the organizers understand
that online session times may not be suitable for everyone. They will be recorded and uploaded on the
website for future viewings.
Co-produced by the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Scientific and Medical Network
What Do Near-Death Experiences Suggest About Life, Death, and Beyond?
Near-death experiences (NDEs) are profound experiences that frequently occur on the threshold of death. They include phenomena that are difficult if not impossible to reconcile with a materialistic view of the mind, such as enhanced thinking and perceptions while the brain is severely impaired, accurate perceptions from outside the physical body, and encounters with deceased persons not known to have died. Dr. Bruce Greyson has been studying NDEs for almost half a century. In this presentation, he shares some of his most important findings on the nature of life and death, illustrating his research data with captivating examples.
After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond
Friday, April 23, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific
2:00-3:30 pm EST
Dr. Greyson will discuss challenges in researching NDEs, establishing the reality of NDEs, the most common features of the experience, various models that have been proposed to explain NDEs, and the dramatic transformations that usually follow NDEs. Finally, he will discuss the implications of NDEs for our understanding of mind and brain, for our understanding of the possibility of post-mortem survival, and for our understanding of the relationship between biological and spiritual events and what that implies about what it means to be human.
IANDS Spring Symposium: Providing Care for Those Touched by Near-Death and Related Experiences-Ethical Best Practices
Dr. Bruce Greyson: Keynote Speaker
Friday, April 30, 2021
11:00 am- 8:45 pm EDT
Research shows that in at least one-fifth of near-death experiencers’ most memorable episodes of disclosing their NDE to a healthcare provider, family member, or friend, the experiencer came away feeling harmed.
The purpose of this one-day symposium is for anyone—professional or layperson—to complete the day feeling confident that they know how to fulfill their professional ethical and personal moral responsibility to do no harm to near-death and related experiencers. Join us to hear experiencers, healthcare providers, a bioethicist, and friends reveal their best and worst experiences of disclosure and offer their most important advice about how others can avoid harm and increase help to those touched by near-death and related experiences.