Category: Conferences and Other Events

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

I recently mentioned in a recent blog the forthcoming ParaMOOC 2017. As I said, this is a series of high level free online lectures on various aspects of parapsychology that will start on January 16th with live sessions through February 24th, and last-Sunday-of-the-month discussion forums until August 31st. Each presentation is illustrated with slides and given by guest lecturers. Eventually all the presentations will be available on YouTube.

The project is organized by Drs. Nancy L. Zingrone and Carlos S. Alvarado, and it is supported by the Parapsychology Foundation.


Like previous ParaMOOCs, lecturers come from various countries. This year we have participants from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

To enroll and for additional information click here. See also  our YouTube announcement here.


Here is the full program (all presentations will be real time at 2:00pm Eastern time):

January 23: Ed Kelly (PhD, US)

From Physicalism to Idealism: My Engagement with the Paranormal


Ed Kelly

January 25: Gerhard Mayer (PhD, Germany)

The Specific Conditions of Parapsychological Research


Gerhard Mayer

January 31: Ohkado Masayuki (PhD, Japan)

Children’s Prenatal and Perinatal Memories


Ohkado Masayuki

February 3: Christopher Laursen (PhD, Canada)

Parapsychology and the Poltergeist


Christopher Laursen

February 4: Alexander Sech Junior (PhD, Brazil)

Some Historical Aspects of 19th Century Studies of Psychic Phenomena


Alexandre Sech Junior

February 5: Everton de Oliveira Maraldi (PhD, Brazil)

The Concept of Creative Dissociation: Contributions to the Study of Artístic Mediumship


Everton de Oliveira Maraldi

February 10: Jack Hunter (PhD Candidate, England)

Between Realness and Unrealness: Anthropology, Parapsychology and the Ontology of Non-Ordinary Realities


Jack Hunter

February 11: Daryl Bem (PhD, US)

Feeling the Future: Laboratory Experiments on Precognition


Daryl Bem

February 14: Julia Mossbridge (PhD, US)

Predicting the Unpredictable: Evidence and Working Model


Julia Mossbridge

February 15: Christine Simmonds-Moore (PhD, US)

Synesthesia and Psi


Christine Simmonds-Moore

February 16: Peter Bancel (PhD, France)

Why the Global Consciousness Project Does Not Measure Global Consciousness


Peter Bancel

February 18: Alejandro Parra (PhD, Argentina)

Learning to Read the Soul of Things”:

An Up-to-Date State of the Art Review of the Token-Object Effect and Psi


Alejandro Parra

February 21: Charmaine Sonnex (PhD candidate, England)

A Review of Non-Contact Healing: Trials and Tribulations


Charmaine Sonnex

February 22: Fabio da Silva (PhD, Brazil)

Could the Presentiment Studies be Useful for Psi Training Groups Research?


Fabio da Silva

February 23: Etzel Cardeña (PhD, Sweden)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Personal Reflections About Parapsychology


Etzel Cardeña

For more information on the course you can watch our YouTube announcement here.  And to sign up for the course itself click here.

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

Those of you that follow this blog regularly will remember previous mentions of the ParaMOOC (click here, and here), a free, massively online course built around a series of high level lectures presented by researchers in the field

The next course, ParaMOOC 2017 will start on January 16th with live sessions through February 24th, and end-of-the-month discussion forums until August 31st. The course will consist of around 15 live (real time) presentations from guest lecturers, illustrated with slides, not to mention a few presentations from us, as well as weekly discussion forums.

Up to now the following researchers, from different countries, have confirmed their participation:

Peter Bancel (PhD, France), Daryl Bem (PhD, US), Ed Kelly (PhD, US), Jack Hunter (PhD candidate, England), Alexander Sech Junior (PhD, Brazil), Christopher Laursen (PhD, Canada), Everton de Oliveira Maraldi (PhD, Brazil), Ohkado Masayuki (PhD, Japan), Julia Mossbridge (PhD, US), Gerhard Mayer (PhD, Germany), Alejandro Parra (PhD, Argentina), Christine Simmonds-Moore (PhD, US), Charmaine Sonnex (PhD candidate, England), and Fabio da Silva (PhD, Brazil).

Some of the lectures are:

Daryl Bem: Feeling the Future: Laboratory Experiments on Precognition


Daryl Bem, PhD

Christopher Laursen: Parapsychology and the Poltergeist


Christopher Laursen, PhD

Julia Mossbridge: Predicting the Unpredictable: Evidence and Working Model


Julia Mossbridge, PhD

Ohkado Masayuki: Children’s Prenatal and Perinatal Memories


Ohkado Masayuki, PhD

Christine Simmonds-Moore: Synesthesia and Psi


Christine Simmonds-Moore, PhD

Charmaine Sonnex: A Review of Non-Contact Healing: Trials and Tribulations


Charmaine Sonnex, PhD Candidate

For enrollment (free) and additional information follow the link.

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

May I congratulate the Parapsychology Foundation (PF) for its 65th anniversary? Today, on the 14th of December. the PF was chartered, and the PF was officially constituted. Congratulations are also due to the PF’s President Lisette Coly.



Lisette Coly

 Those of you who are not familiar with the PF should check an article written by the officers of the organization, published in 2001. More recently, I wrote a shorter version of this paper and mentioned some recent developments. This will appear soon in the Psi Encyclopedia, a project of the Society for Psychical Research.

As many of you know the PF was the brain-child of medium-author-entrepeneur Eileen J. Garrett who, together with congressman (she did not like to be called congresswoman) Frances P. Bolton, developed the Foundation from 1951 to later years. After Garrett died her daughter Eileen Coly, took the reigns and continued the work.


Eileen J. Garrett



Frances P. Bolton

I became a consultant for the PF in 1998, and then in 2000, my wife and colleague Nancy L. Zingrone and I moved to New York City to work with Mrs. C. (Eileen Coly) and with Lisette, who wanted to hire us to develop various projects. Those of us who worked with Mrs. C. cannot help feeling sad celebrating a PF anniversary without her. She was vital to the PF, and many are the recollections I have of her character, sense of humor, and management style. Those who knew her beyond her public persona will be aware of the richness of her personality.


Eileen Coly


Eileen Coly with Carlos S. Alvarado and Nancy L. Zingrone

Lisette, already the Executive Director, became President when we lost Mrs. C. and continues the work to this day. Nancy and I  recently met with her and were recollecting our work together, and planning for the future. Lisette is a fountain of creativity and our meeting was never dull or without something to be said. Thanks to her the PF keeps developing in new ways, such as an active online presence unrivaled in current parapsychology. This includes posting online a variety of materials in YouTube. This includes many old and new lectures, recent forums, the Book Expo (in which authors and editors discuss their books about psychic topics), and our unique ParaMOOC, consisting of many high level online lectures, most of which are presented by doctoral level researchers via the WizIQ system.

Under Lisette, many of these projects continue in the spirit of the old PF. It is good to see that, in addition to the old projects, such as the famous 1953 conference held at Utrecht, new events are still organized by the Foundation. As before there is a strong interest in helping the field by providing educational resources, and an equally strong interest in keeping a truly international perspective.


First International Conference of Parapsychological Studies, Utrecht, 1953


Keep in touch because, more is coming soon from the PF.

Once again, I congratulate the PF and Lisette Coly for never abandoning their legacy or their vision. Happy anniversary.


Eileen and Lisette Coly at the PF’s Eileen J. Garrett Library, Greenport, Long Island

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

The Parapsychology Foundation is announcing their third Book Expo (on the second click here). This consists of three free online presentations of recently published book presented by their authors plus an opening and closing sessions with PF staff. The event will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016.



The books featured are Transcendent Mind, by Dr. Imants Barušs and Dr. Julia Mossbridge (presented by Mossbridge), The Self Does Not Die, by Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven, and Rudolf H. Smit (presented by Rivas and Smit), and Enquête sur 150 Ans de Parapsychologie, by Dr. Renaud Evrard.


Here is the schedule:

Saturday November 12th, 2016

  • Noon Eastern: Opening Session, Lisette Coly, Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado, & Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone.
  • 12:30pm Eastern: Transcendent Mind: Rethinking the Science of Consciousness by Dr. Imants Baruss and Dr. Julia Mossbridge, presenter: Dr. Julia Mossbridge.
  • 2:00pm Eastern: The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near-Death Experiences by Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven, and Rudolf Smit, translated by Dr. Jan Holden with a foreword by Robert and Suzanne Mays. Presenters: Titus Rivas and Rudolf Smit.
  • 3:30pm Eastern: Enquete sur 150 ans de parapsychologie: La legende de l’espirt [A Survey of 150 Years of Parapsychology: The Legend of the Spirit] by Dr. Renaud Evrard, presenter: Dr. Renaud Evrard.
  • 5:00pm Eastern: Closing Session, Lisette Coly, Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado, & Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone.

To register for free click here.

To purchase the books follow the links below:

Transcendent Mind

The Self Does Not Die

Enquête sur 150 ans de Parapsychologie

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD., Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

The Parapsychology Foundation  is sponsoring an online forum  about physical mediumship. Here is the official publicity.



The Parapsychology Foundation Lyceum presents it’s first forum online this October. Using the teaching platform, the forum, Physical Mediumship, will cover research both historical and modern. Opening to registration September 29th, 2016, the Forum’s WizIQ site will be available to registrants on Saturday October 8th, and will remain open for new registration until Saturday, November 14th. In the Forum site you will find not only the schedule of live presentations (and recordings later on), but PowerPoints, a reading list, supplemental materials such as articles and videos, as well as two live discussion forums, and a classroom discussion page that’s always available. A certificate of completion will also be sent to all registrants after the 15th of November, 2016.

If you’ve attended any of the Parapsychology Foundation’s online events, such as the yearly course Parapsychology Research and Education (the Para-MOOC Series) or the bi-annual PF Book Expo, you know how the WizIQ site and its virtual classroom will work. For those who are joining the PF’s online events for the first time, your welcome email will contain helpful information. Regular registration is $50 and student registration is $35. To register click here.

Scholarships are also available by messaging us through the Parapsychology Foundation Facebook Group or dropping us a note through the Customer Service page.

The PF Lyceum online forum is structured like the face-to-face forums that took place in the Eileen J. Garrett Library back in the day: four presentations by expert lecturers and lots of time for questions and answers after each talk. But unlike the old face-to-face forums, if you can’t make the live sessions, you can still register. All the live sessions will be recorded and available in the Forum’s Site for later viewing. Here’s the live session schedule:

Welcoming Remarks by Lisette Coly (President, Parapsychology Foundation) and Introduction to the Forum by Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone (Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation) at 1:00pm Eastern, Saturday, October 15th, 2016.


Lisette Coly


Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone

“Physical Mediumship: A Brief Historical View” by Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado (Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation) at 2:00pm Eastern, Saturday, October 15th, 2016.


Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado

“The Bindelof Seances” by Dr. Rosemarie Pilkington (author of The Spirit of Dr. Bindelof: The Enigma of Séance Phenomena, Anomalist Books, 2010) at 3:30pm Eastern, Saturday, October 15th, 2016.


Dr. Rosemarie Pilkington

Discussion Forum for Live Session Attendees (Lisette Coly and Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone) at 5:00pm Eastern, Saturday, October 15th, 2016.

Opening Session (Lisette Coly, Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone) at 1:00pm Eastern, Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.

“The Researches of Thomas Glen Hamilton” by Walter Meyer zu Erpen (International Affiliate for Canada, Parapsychology Foundation) at 2:00pm Eastern, Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.


Walter Meyer zu Erpen

“The Felix Group” by Dr. Stephen E. Braude (Emeritus Professor, University of Maryland-Baltimore County) at 3:30pm Eastern, Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.


Dr. Stephen E. Braude

Discussion Forum for Live Session Attendees and Closing (Lisette Coly, Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone, Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado) at 5:00pm Eastern, Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.

To register go here.




Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

I just presented a talk at the 2016 conference of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies held at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The talk was entitled “The ‘Science of the Soul’: Ernesto Bozanno, Psychic Phenomena and Survival of Death,” a topic I have discussed elsewhere (click here and here).

Ernesto Bozzano 2

Ernesto Bozzano

The presentation was a short overview of aspects of the work of Italian student of psychic phenomena Ernesto Bozzano (1862-1943), who conducted many studies of psychic phenomena consisting of analyses of published cases. His purpose was to show the existence of a spiritual aspect in human beings, their survival of death, and to illustrate various features of the phenomena. He studied practically all manifestations of psychic phenomena, including death-related death-bed visions, and other phenomena such as hauntings, premonitions, and “transcendental” music.

Below are the title pages of various books mentioned in the talk:

Bozzano Ipotesi 2


Bozzano Phenomenes Psychiques Mort


Bozzano Musica 2


Bozzano Luci Futuro


Bozzano Psiche Domina 2


Other books published by Bozzano included the following:

Bozzano A Propos


Bozzano Popoli Primitivi


Bozzano Telestesia


Bozzano Crisi della Morte


Bozzano, who started his studies of psychic literature in the 1890s, did not have any formal education. He published mainly in French and in Italian. His untranslated work (over 90% of his writings) is generally unknown to English speakers. Examples are the following articles that appeared in the Italian publication Luce e Ombra.

1907: Simbolismo e fenomeni metapsichici

1908: Per la identificazione personale dei defunti

1912: Dei fenomeni premonitori

1914: In tema di reincarnazione

1916: Dei fenomeni d’infestazione

1920: Gli enigmi della psicometria

1925: Medianità chiaroveggente e psicometria

1926: Dei fenomeni di ossessione e possessione

 Luce e Ombra 1910 issues

In his article “Des cas d’identification spirite” (Annales des Sciences Psychiques, 20, 302–308) Bozzano affirmed that the discarnate agency explanation had stood the test of time, “far from showing weakness or defeat . . . it appears like a lighthouse pointing to the port for sailors who are lost in the ocean of life.” In his view all phenomena converge to demonstrate survival of death. This demonstration included both incarnate and discarnate sources of phenomena. Both sources, Bozzano believed, had a common origin, the action of the human spirit. This is what he  called animism and Spiritism.

Bozzano Des Cas Identification Spirite

Annales des Sciences Psychiques, 1910

Bozzano’s work consisted mainly of analyses of published cases taken from both the spiritualist and the psychical research literatures. In his analyses of cases he presented various classifications of cases, in which he emphasized both types of cases as well as gradations of phenomena. His findings always supported the reality of the phenomena, and the idea of discarnate agency. He emphasized the principle of convergence of proof, arguing that different phenomena and types support each other in a spiritualistic interpretation.

Example of Bozzano’s Classification of Deathbed Visions in a 1906 article

*Apparitions of people known to have died (seen only by the dying)

*Apparitions of people not known to have died (seen only by the dying)

            *Apparitions seen by dying and surrounding persons

*Apparitions with information coinciding with mediumistic communications

            *Apparitions seen only by persons around the dying

Bozzano Apparitions Deceased Persons Deathbeds APS 1906

 In his study of what he referred to as “bilocation,” or what he belied were manifestations of an etheric body, Bozzano argued for the importance of this principle to support the spiritual nature of human beings. He discussed various phenomena to support this idea (phantom limb sensations, autoscopy, out-of-body experiences, apparitions of the living, bystander perceptions around deathbeds).

Bozzano Les Phenomenes

Interestingly, in his 1983 study of Bozzano, Giovanni Iannuzzo believed that Bozzano had an old conception of science that separated him from many psychical researchers, explaining in part his over-reliance on classification.

Iannuzzo Bozzano Monograph

 Although my paper was mainly historical, that is, my purpose was to show the work of a sometimes forgotten figure, I mentioned at the end the relevance of this work today. In addition to observations and arguments supporting survival of death, this included a reminder that Bozzano’s work reminded us of the richness of the features of psychic phenomena, and provided us with an index to find cases in the pre-1940 literature.

Suggested Readings in English

(for references in Italian click here)

Alvarado, C.S. (2013). Studying Ernesto Bozzano: Suggestions for future historical studies. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 77, 147-163. Abstract

 Alvarado, C.S. (2007). Remarks on Ernesto Bozzano’s La Psiche Domina la Materia. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 25, 189-195.

Alvarado, C.S. (2005). Ernesto Bozzano and the phenomena of bilocation. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 23, 207-238.

Gasperini, L. (2012). Ernesto Bozzano: An Italian spiritualist and psychical researcher. Journal of  Scientific Exploration, 25, 755-773. 

Ernesto Bozzano 5

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

The Parapsychology Foundation has released information about their second Book Expo (the first was held on November 14, 2015; click here).

PF logo 2

Here are the details.

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Course Description

The live sessions of the PF Book Expo 2016 will take place on the afternoons of Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 and Sunday, April 24th, 2016. Five authors will talk about their recent books, including the content, the goals, why they got involved in the process, what they learned along the way, and more, followed by a question and answer session involving the registrants. Two of the books are aimed at serious researchers in and students of parapsychology and anomalistic psychology who are interested in the methodology, theory and the various phenomena under study. Two bridge the gap between the interests of serious researchers and field investigators and the intelligent general reader. The fifth book is one that would be called a popular book, but as a very high quality representative of that genre, is written clearly and flows from the investigative point of view of a well-trained and open-minded journalist.

Guest lecturers at the Parapsychology Foundation Book Expo 2016 will be:

  • Dr. Jim Carpenter is a board certified clinical psychologist who formerly taught at the University of North Carolina and who remains in private practice. He received the 2012 Charles Honorton Integrative Contributions Award from the Parapsychological Association for his work over the years in the field and on his innovative First Sight theory and is a past-President of that same organization. Carpenter will talk about his recent book First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life;
Jim Carpenter 2

Dr. James C. Carpenter

  • Dr. Zofia Weaver is a linguist who is a past editor of the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, the co-author (with Mary Rose Barrington and Dr. Ian Stevenson) of A World in a Grain of Sand: The Clairvoyance of Stefan Ossowiecki published in 2005. She will talk about her book, Other Realities? The Enigma of Franek Kluski’s Mediumship;
Zofia Weaver

Dr. Zofia Weaver

Patricia Pearson 3

Patricia Pearson

  • Dr. Stephen E. Braude, an emeritus Professor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, past-President of the Parapsychological Association, author of six previous books, and the editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration, will discuss his most recent book, Crimes of Reason: On Mind, Nature and the Paranormal; and
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Dr. Stephen E. Braude

  • Callum E. Cooper, a doctoral student and instructor at the University of Northampton, co-author of two previous books, a recipient of both the Alex B. Tanous Scholarship Award from the Alex Tanous Foundation for Scientific Research, and the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship from the Parapsychology Foundation, will cover his recent book, Telephone Calls from the Dead that provides a new case collection of after death communication experiences.
Callum Cooper

Callum E. Cooper

The course is aimed at people interested in scientific parapsychology, in its theory, and phenomena, in mediumship and the experiences that both the dying and bereaved people encounter. You don’t need any particular level of education to enjoy the Expo, just curiosity about the topics.

The Parapsychology Foundation Book Expo series is the only place on the internet where you can get a “meet the author” experience for recommended academic and popular books on the topics of scientific parapsychology. So if you’re a student hoping to do research, a new researcher with an interest in the theory and the problems in persuading your colleagues, a field investigator interested in the phenomena of mediumship, death-bed experiences or after death communications, then the PF Book Expo 2016 is for you.

Each individual will have a PowerPoint that will be uploaded as a tutorial in WizIQ. Each live lecture will also be recorded and besides being available on WizIQ, will be edited and uploaded to the PF’s YouTube Channel.

By attending you will meet the authors of books we think are among the best published in recent years on their topics.

While the course doesn’t prepare registrants for any certification or exams, if you’re seriously interested in these topics, the PF Book Expo 2016 will point you towards some really good books that can help you in your quest to learn more!

And the PF?

The Parapsychology Foundation, located in New York City, is a not for profit organization that is celebrating its 65th year in operation this year, 2016. For the last 65 years the PF has provided a worldwide forum supporting the scientific exploration of psychic phenomena. The PF also maintains the Eileen J. Garrett Research Library in Greenport on Long Island. The PF’s online events on WizIQ, which include conferences like this one and the PF Forum: Advances in UK Parapsychology which was offered last May, are designed to further the education of individuals who are working in or interested in learning more about the scientific side of the field.

Lisette Coly, who will guide the proceedings on April 23rd and 24th, is the President of the Parapsychology Foundation, daughter of the previous President, Mrs. Eileen Coly, and granddaughter of PF Founder Irish American intellectual, entrepeneur, author and medium, Eileen J. Garrett. Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado and Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone, who will co-moderate the day’s events, are not only Research Fellows of the Parapsychology Foundation, but both two-time past Presidents of the Parapsychological Association, the international society for scientists and scholars who investigate what seem to be psychic phenomena from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

To register (free):

Course Schedule:

April 23

2:15-3:00pm Eastern time Opening

3:00-4:00pm Eastern time Jim Carpenter: First Sight

Carpenter First Sight

4:00-5:00pm Eastern time Zofia Weaver: Other Realities

Weaver Other Realities Kluski 2

5:00-6:00pm Eastern time Patricia Pearson: Opening Heaven’s Door

Pearson Opening Heaven's Door

6:00 Closing

April 24

1:15-1:30pm Eastern time Opening

1:45-2:30pm Eastern time Steve Braude: Crimes of Reason

Braude Crimes of Reason

3:00-4:00pm Eastern time Cal Cooper: Telephone Calls from the Dead

Cooper Telephone Calls

4:00pm Eastern time Closing

PF Book Logo Expo 2016

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

The Parapsychology Foundation (PF) announces a new online conference featuring five presentations about parapsychology in various countries. It will take place in January 23-24, 2016. For a more detailed schedule and to register go here.

If you can’t join the conference on the 23rd or 24th, not to worry; all presentations will be recorded and if you register, you will be able to revisit the presentations at your leisure.

The PF has released the following information about the event:

The Parapsychology Foundation is celebrating its 65th year in operation this year. Dedicated to providing support for students and researchers in the field of scientific and academic parapsychology, the PF decided to launch the Parapsychology Foundation Online Academy on WizIQ with its first online International Affiliates Conference. For unprecedented access to this elite group of scientists and researchers, join us for this conference by clicking the link above!

The Parapsychology Foundation International Affiliates program was inaugurated in 2000 and includes 27 extraordinary individuals from 26 different countries around the world. For this inaugural event, five international affiliates will talk about institutional, educational and research developments in their own countries over the last 40 years.

Here are the International Affiliates who will be speaking at the conference:

  • Dr. Alejandro Parra, the PF International Affiliate for Argentina, is a clinical psychologist in Buenos Aires, the director of the Instituto de Psicología Paranormal, and a past President of the Parapsychological Association.
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Dr. Alejandro Parra

  • Hideyuki Kokubo, the PF International Affiliate for Japan, is the editor and director of the Journal of the International Society for Life Information, the Journal of the Japanese Society for Parapsychology, and the Journal of Mind-Body Science, as well as the director of the International Research Institute in Chiba, and a researcher at the Bio-Emission Laboratory of Meiji University.
Hideyuki Kokubo

Hideyuki Kokubo

  • Dr. Chris Roe, the PF International Affiliate for England, is Professor of Research at the University of Nottingham and the Director of its Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes, past and current President of the Parapsychological Association, and the editor of the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research.
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Dr. Chris Roe

  • Dr. Mario Varvoglis is the PF International Affiliate for France, the Director of the Institut Métapsychique International in Paris, a past-President of the Parapsychological Association and the author of La Rationalité de l’Irrationnel, an analysis of contemporary psi research and its social and theoretical implications.
Mario Varvoglis

Dr. Mario Varvoglis

  • Dr. Wellington Zangari and Dr. Fátima Regina Machado are joint PF International Affiliates for Brazil. Dr. Zangari is Professor of the Social Psychology of Religion at the University of São Paulo, Dr. Machado is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology at the Pontifical Catholic University also in São Paulo, and both are founders of Interpsi: Laboratory of Anomalistic Psychology and Psychosocial Processes at the University of São Paulo.
Wellington Zangari

Dr. Wellington Zangari

Fatima 2015

Dr. Fatima R. Machado

In addition, Lisette Coly, the President of the Parapsychology Foundation, and PF Research Fellows Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado and Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone will conduct the opening and closing sessions for the conference, focusing on the breadth of the PF International Affiliate program, its goals and accomplishments, and, in the closing session, on such upcoming activities as the Parapsychology Foundation Online Academy that will debut later in the spring of 2016 on WizIQ.

To register for free go here (click enroll now).

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

On Saturday, November 14th, the Parapsychology Foundation is hosting its PF Book Expo 2015 with six presentations on new books.

Register for a free account on and then click on the course link:

The event starts at 9:30am Eastern and runs through 5:30pm. All the talks will be recorded and will be available in the course and later on, also available on the Parapsychology Foundation YouTube Channel. Information about the books, and links to the publishers and Amazon are available in the course as well. Registration will stay open for a couple of years!


  • 9:30am Eastern, Lisette Coly and Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone, Opening Session
  • 10:00am Eastern, Prof Etzel Cardeña on Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century
  • 11:00am Eastern, David Jaher on The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction and Houdini in the Spirit World
  • 1:00pm Eastern, Allene Symons on Aldous Huxley’s Hands: His Quest for Perception and the Origin and Return of Psychedelic Science
  • 2:00pm Eastern, Dr. Ed Kelly on Beyond Physicalism: Towards a Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality
  • 3:00pm Eastern, Dr. Jim Tucker on Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Previous Lives
  • 4:00pm Eastern, Dr. Ed May on Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism and Science (Vol. 1) and Extrasensory Perception: Theories of Psi
  • 5:00pm Eastern, Lisette Coly and Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone, Closing Session

Parapsychology Foundation Book Expo 2015 Illustration

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

I would like to congratulate two persons I have known for many years who recently were granted awards by the Parapsychological Association. Gerd H. Hövelmann, MA, received the Outstanding Career Award and Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD, the Outstanding Contribution Award.

Gerd H. Hövelmann

Gerd H. Hövelmann

Hövelmann studied philosophy, linguistics, literature, and psychology at the University of Marburg, Germany, and he was a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Philosophy at Marburg University (1984-1993). He is the editor of the Zeitschrift für Anomalistik, and of two collections of articles: Kramer, W., Bauer, E., & Hövelmann, G. (2012). Perspectives of Clinical Parapsychology: An Introductory Reader. (Bunnik: Stichting HJBF), and G.H. Hövelmann, and J.A.G. Michels, (Eds.) (in press), Legitimacy of Unbelief: The Collected Papers of Piet Hein Hoebens. (Münster: Lit-Verlag).

Hövelmann has published on a wide range of topics from dialect geography to manned space exploration and has extensive research experience in nonverbal communication, evolutionary theory, and philosophy and history of science. He recently served two consecutive terms as the Vice President of the Parapsychological Association, and he has been the owner and director of several firms.

Some of his articles include:

Bauer, E., Hövelmann, G.H. & Lucadou, W. von (2013). Von Scheinriesen [Pretended giants: On the recent history of German skepticism]. Zeitschrift für Anomalistik, 13, 89-129.

Hövelmann, G. H. (2012). Vom Nutzen der Grenzgebietsforschung für die Wissenschaft [On the utility of frontier research for science at large]. In Ambach, W. (Ed.), Experimentelle Psychophysiologie in Grenzgebieten [Experimental Psychophysiology in Frontier Areas] (pp. 303-337). Würzburg: Ergon.

Hövelmann, G.H. (2012). Aristoteles’ flüchtige Fliege [Aristotle’s fugitive fly]. Zeitschrift für Anomalistik, 12, 190-208.

Hövelmann, G.H. (2010). Editorial: Historische Fallstudien zur Anomalistik [Editorial: Historical case studies in anomalistics]. Zeitschrift für Anomalistik, 10, 202-236.

Hövelmann, G.H. (2008). Escape from Wonderland. In Roe, C., Kramer, W., & Coly, L., (Eds.), Utrecht II: Charting the Future of Parapsychology (pp. 559-568). New York: Parapsychology Foundation.

Hövelmann, G.H. (2007). The function of book reviews in anomalistics. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 21, 123-133.

Hövelmann, G.H. (2005). Laienforschung und Wissenschaftsanspruch [Amateur research and science claims]. Zeitschrift für Anomalistik, 5, 126-135.

Hövelmann, G.H. (2005). Devianz und Anomalistik – Bewährungsproben der Wissenschaft. Prof. Dr. Marcello Truzzi (1935-2003) [Deviance and Anomalistics – Performance tests for science]. Zeitschrift für Anomalistik, 5, 5-30.

Krippner, S., & Hövelmann, G.H. (2005). The future of psi research: Recommendations in retrospect. In Thalbourne, M.A.. & Storm, L. (Eds.), Parapsychology in the Twenty-First Century: Essays on the Future of Psychical Research (pp. 167-188). Jefferson, NC & London: McFarland.

Hövelmann, G.H., & Schriever, F. (2004). Der leise Revolutionär: Prof. Dr. Robert L. Morris (1942-2004) [The silent revolutionary: Prof. Dr. Robert L. Morris (1942-2004)]. Zeitschrift für Anomalistik, 4, 6-13.

Hövelmann, G.H. (2001). Was wissen wir, wenn wir Literatur erkannt haben? [What have we learned once we have identified experiential reports as literature?]. Zeitschrift für Anomalistik, 1, 23-29.

Berger, A.S., Hövelmann, G.H. & Lucadou, W. von (1992). Spirit extras on video tape? The first field investigation. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 58, 153-164.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1989). Parariteiten – Het belang van woorden bij het spreken over parapsychologie [The importance of the choice of words for talking about parapsychology]. Skepter, 2(2), 20-27.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1988). Parapsychologists and skeptics ─ problems of identification. SRU Bulletin, 13, 125-132.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1987). Max Dessoir and the origin of the word ‘parapsychology’. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 54, 61-63.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1987). A constructively rational approach to parapsychology and scientific methodology. Zetetic Scholar, #12/13, 110-153.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1987). “Please wait to be tolerated”: Distinguishing fact from fiction on both sides of a scientific controversy. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 10, 592-593.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1986). Beyond the Ganzfeld debate. Journal of Parapsychology, 50, 365-370.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1986). Neglected figures in the history of parapsychology: Some general reflections. In Snel, F.W.J.J. (Ed.): Liber Amicorum in Honour of G.A.M. Zorab. The Hague: Nederlandse Vereniging voor Parapsychologie, pp. 94-126.

Hövelmann, G.H., Krippner, S. (1986). Charting the future of parapsychology. Parapsychology Review, 17(6), 1-5.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1985). [with M. Truzzi & P.H. Hoebens]. Skeptical literature on parapsychology: An annotated bibliography. In Kurtz, P. (ed.), A Skeptic’s Handbook of Parapsychology. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, pp. 449-490.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1985). Evidence for survival from near-death experiences? A critical appraisal. In Kurtz, P. (Ed.), A Skeptic’s Handbook of Parapsychology. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, pp. 645-684.

Hövelmann, G.H., & Zorab, G.A.M. (1985). The Kern City Poltergeist: Some critical remarks on the quality of the evidence and the arguments. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 53, 87-92.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1984). Against historicism. Critical remarks on Thomas Kuhn’s conception of science and its reception in parapsychology. Journal of Parapsychology, 48, 101-119.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1984). Are psi experiments repeatable? A conceptual framework for the discussion of repeatability. European Journal of Parapsychology, 5, 285-306

Hövelmann, G.H. (1983). Cooperation versus competition: In defense of rational argument in parapsychology. European Journal of Parapsychology, 4, 483-505.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1983). Seven recommendations for the future practice of parapsychology. Zetetic Scholar #11, 128-138.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1983). Parapsychologen und das Irrationale [Parapsychologists and the irrational]. Zeitschrift für Parapsychologie und Grenzgebiete der Psychologie, 25, 91-105.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1982). Involuntary whispering, conversational analysis, and electronic voice phenomena. Theta, 10, 54-58.

Hövelmann, G.H. (1980). Kooperation und Konkurrenz im wissenschaftlichen Schrifttum der Parapsychologie [Cooperation and competition in scientific writing on parapsychology]. Zeitschrift für Parapsychologie und Grenzgebiete der Psychologie, 22, 143-156.

Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone

Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone

Zingrone has served as President of the Parapsychological Association twice and is currently a Research Fellow at the Parapsychology Foundation. She has held other positions, among them Assistant Professor of Research at the Division of Perceptual Studies of the University of Virginia (2003-2011), and a Research Fellow (1982-1985), and a Visiting Scholar (1986-1993, 2013-2014) at the Institute for Parapsychology (now the Rhine Research Center). Zingrone has conducted experimental ESP research, survey research on psychic experiences, and worked on controversy in parapsychology from a science studies point of view.

In recent times Zingrone has been the main coordinator of online educational efforts in parapsychology. These have included an online conference: “Parapsychology and Psychology: Research and Theory” (2014) and the ParaMOOC2015 (MOOC being short of massively open online course) “Parapsychology and Anomalistic Psychology: Research and Education” 2015). The course is still receiving registrants having from around 800 at the close of the live lectures to 937 today.

She was one of the editors of Research in Parapsychology 1993 (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1998), the Program Chair for the Parapsychological Association’s convention in 1995, and is the author of From Text to Self: The Interplay of Criticism and Response in the History of Parapsychology (Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010). Zingrone has also authored several papers published in history, psychology, psychiatry and parapsychology journals, among them:

(in press). (Second author, with Alvarado, C.S.). Features of out-of-body experiences: Relationships to frequency, willfullness of and previous knowledge about the experience. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research.

(in press) (First author, with C.S. Alvarado, & G.H. Hövelmann). An overview of modern developments in parapsychology. In E. Cardeña, J. Palmer, & D. Marcusson-Clavertz, (Eds.). Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

(in press). (Second author, with Alvarado, C.S.). Note on the reception of Théodore Flournoy’s study of “Hélène Smith.” Journal of the Society for Psychical Research.

(2012). (Second author, with C.S. Alvarado). Classic Text No. 90: ‘The Pathology and Treatment of Mediomania’, by Frederic Rowland Marvin (1874). History of Psychiatry, 23, 229–244.

(2010) (First author, with Alvarado, C.S., & Cardeña, E.) Out-of-body experiences, physical body activity and posture: Responses from a survey conducted in Scotland. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198, 163-165.

(2009) (First author, with C.S. Alvarado, and N. Agee). Psychological correlates of aura vision: Psychic experiences,dissociation, absorption, and synaesthesia-like experiences. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 37, 131-168.

(2009) (First author, with C.S. Alvarado). Pleasurable Western adult near-death experiences: Features, circumstances and incidence. In J.M. Holden, B. Greyson, & D. James (Eds.), The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences (pp. 17-40). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

(2008) (Second author, with C.S. Alvarado). Ian Stevenson and the modern study of ESP experiences. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 22, 44-53.

(2007-2008) (Second author, with C.S. Alvarado). Interrelationships of psychic experiences, dream recall and lucid dreams in a survey with Spanish participants. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 27, 63-69.

(2006) Complicating the conversation: Rhetoric, substance, and controversy in parapsychology. Journal of Parapsychology, 69, 3-21.

(2003) (Second with C.S. Alvarado). Exploring the factors related to the aftereffects of out-of-body experiences. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 67, 161-183.

(2002) Controversy and the problems of parapsychology. Journal of Parapsychology, 66, 1-30.

(1999) (Second author, with C.S. Alvarado). Out-of-body experiences among readers of a Spanish New Age magazine. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 63, 65-85.

(1998-99) (Second author, with C.S. Alvarado & K.S. Dalton). Out-of-body experiences: Alterations of consciousness and the Five-Factor Model of personality. Imagination, Cognition andPersonality, 18, 297-317.

(1998-99) (First author, with C.S. Alvarado & K. Dalton). Psi experiences and the “Big Five”: Relating the NEO-PI-R to the experience claims of experimental subjects. European Journal of Parapsychology, 14, 31-51.

(1998-99) (Second author with C.S. Alvarado). A study of the features of out-of-body experiences in relation to Sylvan Muldoon’s claims. European Journal of Parapsychology, 14, 89-99.

(1998) (Second author, with C.S. Alvarado). Anomalías de interacción con el ambiente: El estudio de los fenómenos parapsicológicos [Anomalies of interaction with the environment: The study of parapsychological phenomena]. Revista Puertorriqueña de Psicología [Puerto Rican Journal of Psychology], 11, 99-147.

(1997-1998) (Second author, with C.S. Alvarado). Factors related to the depth of near-death experiences: Testing the“embellishment over time” hypothesis. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 17, 339-344.

(1994). Images of women as mediums: Power, pathology and passivity in the writings of Frederic Marvin and Cesare Lombroso. In L.Coly & R.A. White (Ed.), Women and Parapsychology (pp. 90-121). New York: Parapsychology Foundation.

(1994) (Second author, with C.S. Alvarado) Individual differences in aura vision: Relationships to visual imagery and imaginative fantasy experiences. European Journal of Parapsychology, 10,1-30.

(1989) (Second author, with D. H. Weiner). In the eye of the beholder: Further research on the Checker Effect. Journal of Parapsychology, 53, 203-231.

(1988) Authorship and gender in American parapsychology journals. Journal of Parapsychology, 52, 321-343.

(1987) (Second author, with Carlos S. Alvarado). Historical aspects of parapsychological terminology. Journal of Parapsychology, 51, 49-74.

(1986) (Second author, with D. H. Weiner). The Checker Effect revisited. Journal of Parapsychology, 50, 155-161.

Congratulations to both.