Founder: Dr. Ian Stevenson
Dr. Ian Stevenson founded the Division of Perceptual Studies in 1967.
The research group was named the Division of Personality Studies at its inception and was renamed the Division of Perceptual Studies in 2004.
Dr. Stevenson passed away in February of 2007. His life spanned from October 31, 1918 to February 8, 2007. We invite you to read Dr. Stevenson’s obituary, written by our esteemed colleague, Emily Williams Kelly, Ph.D.
Dr. Stevenson established the Division in order to conduct research in which scientific methodology is utilized to empirically investigate phenomena which cannot be explained by the currently accepted scientific assumptions and theories about the nature of mind or consciousness, and its relationship to matter. Examples of such phenomena, sometimes called paranormal, include various types of extrasensory perception (such as telepathy), apparitions and deathbed visions, after-death communications or ADCs, poltergeists, experiences of persons who come close to death and survive (usually called near-death experiences or NDEs), out-of-body experiences (OBEs), and claimed memories of previous lives.
Despite widespread popular interest in anomalous phenomena that appear to challenge normal explanations, there is a paucity of careful scientific research into their occurrences and processes. Our researchers are dedicated to the use of scientific methodology in their investigation of a wide range of unusual and anomalous phenomena.
Below are some publications by Dr. Ian Stevenson regarding his thoughts on his involvement in the study of anomalous and paranormal phenomena.
–The Flora Levy Lecture in the Humanities This is an important autobiographical lecture given by Dr. Ian Stevenson in 1989.
–Half A Career with the Paranormal This is an essay by Dr. Ian Stevenson as it appeared in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, vol. 20 (1) Spring , 2006.
In 2008, the Journal of Scientific Exploration, a journal co-founded by Dr. Stevenson, devoted an entire volume in remembrance of the significant research contributions made by Dr. Ian Stevenson over the course of his very productive and active lifetime.
The essays contained within this memorial volume are written by Dr. Stevenson’s research colleagues and peers in the field. Descriptions of the contents of this issue are listed below the link.
The entire issue can be found by clicking on this link: Journal of Scientific Exploration, Volume 22, Number 1, 2008
The contents of this issue are listed below:
1 Editorial – Peter A. Sturrock
5 Theme and Variations: The Life and Work of Ian Stevenson – Emily Williams Kelly, Carlos S. Alvarado
11 Ian Stevenson: Recollections – Kerr L. White
18 Reflections on the Life and Work of Ian Stevenson – Alan Gauld
36 Ian Stevenson and Cases of the Reincarnation Type – Jim B. Tucker
44 Ian Stevenson and the Modern Study of Spontaneous ESP Experiences – Carlos S. Alvarado, Nancy L. Zingrone
54 Ian Stevenson’s Contributions to Near-Death Studies – Bruce Greyson
64 Ian Stevenson’s Contributions to the Study of Mediumship – Erlendur Haraldsson
73 Where Science and Religion Intersect: The Work of Ian Stevenson – Edward F. Kelly, Emily W. Kelly
81 The Gentle American Doctor – Majd Muakkasah, Abu-Izzeddin
83 Professor Ian Stevenson and Some Personal Reminiscences – Mary Rose Barrington
85 Ian Stevenson: A Recollection and Tribute – Stephen E. Braude
87 Ian Stevenson and His Impact on Foreign Shores – Bernard Carr
93 Ian Stevenson: Gentleman and Scholar – Lisette Coly
95 The Quest for Acceptance – Stuart J. Edelstein
100 Ian Stevenson: Founder of the Scientific Investigation of Human Reincarnation – Doris Kuhlmann- Wilsdorf
102 Remembering My Teacher – L. David Leiter
104 Comments on Ian Stevenson, M.D., Director of the Division of Personality Studies and Pioneer of Reincarnation Research – Antonia Mills
107 Ian Stevenson: Reminiscences and Observations – John Palmer
110 Dr. Ian Stevenson: A Multifaceted Personality – Satwant K. Pasricha
115 A Good Question – Tom Shroder
117 The Fight for the Truth – John Smythies
120 Ian Stevenson: A Man from Whom We Should Learn – Rex Stanford
125 Ian Stevenson and the Society for Scientific Exploration – Peter A. Sturrock
128 Ian Stevenson’s Early Years in Charlottesville – Ruth B. Weeks
129 Tribute to a Remarkable Scholar – Donald J. West
131 An Ian Stevenson Remembrance – Ray Westphal
132 Scientists with half-closed Minds – Ian Stevenson