Category: Conferences and Other Events

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.

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

Parapsychology FoundationThe Parapsychology Foundation has announced their first online forum “Parapsychology Foundation Forum: Recent Advances in UK Parapsychology.” This will take place on May 20, 2015.

In addition to Professor Chris Roe and Dr. Elizabeth Roxburgh, other presenters include Callum Cooper, Rachel Evenden, and David Saunders.

Professor Chris Roe

Professor Chris Roe

Dr. Elizabeth Roxburgh

Dr. Elizabeth Roxburgh

For registration information, which is free, and the titles of the presentations, click here.

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

Nancy Zingrone and I are organizing a small online conference about “Parapsychology and Psychology: Research and Theory.” This will take place on November 1 and 2 of the current year. As stated in the conference page, where you will find information about registration:

“On November 1st and 2nd, 2014 an international group of scientists and scholars will present a variety of papers and posters on the interface between parapsychology and psychology. Presenters will cover such topics as altered states of consciousness, personality and cognitive variables, and clinical issues. Posters will also deal with anomalistic psychology, dream variables, and history of the often complex relationship of these two fields, among other topics. Presenters and Poster authors are academics, scientists and professors from the Instituto de Psicología Paranormal in Argentina, the University of São Paulo in Brazil, the University of Northampton in England, the University of Strasbourg in France, the Institut für Grenzegebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene in Germany, the University of Padova in Italy, and the University of West Georgia in the United States, among other locations. Four synchronous 90-minute sessions, with a presentation followed by a Q & A sessions will be presented on Saturday and five such sessions on Sunday in the Virtual Classroom on each of the two conference days. Ten Poster Presentations will also be uploaded as stand-alone PowerPoints to the WizIQ Course Schedule. Registration is $50 for non-students and $30 for students with a proof of studentship. If you can’t afford the registration but would like to attend, plenty of scholarships are also available. Just ask!”

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The conference schedule appears here. The formal (real time) presentations are:

November 1

Parapsychology and Psychology: An Overview

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD & Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD, Rhine Research Center, USA

Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD & Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD

Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD & Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD

Clinical Dimensions of Psychic Experiences

Renaud Evrard, PhD, University of Strasbourg, France

Renaud Evrard

Renaud Evrard

Cognitive and Emotional Empathy in Relation to Five Paranormal/Anomalous Experiences

Alejandro Parra, PhD, Universidad Abierta Interamericana & Instituto de Psicología Paranormal, Argentina

Alejandro Parra

Alejandro Parra

November 2nd

We Are All Psychics, but (Often) We Do Not Know How To

Patrizio Tressoldi, PhD, University of Padova, Italy

Patrizio Tressoldi

Patrizio Tressoldi

ESP and Altered States of Consciousness

Chris Roe, PhD, University of Northampton, England

Chris Roe

Chris Roe

ESP and Synesthesia

Christine Simmonds-Moore, PhD, University of West Georgia

Christine Simmonds-Moore

Christine Simmonds-Moore

There will also be a dozen posters, consisting of Power Point presentations that will be available through the two days of the conference and later. Some of them are:

Gertrude R. Schmeidler (1912-2009): Psychologist and Parapsychologist 

Evidence-Based Dualism and Transpersonal Psychology

Charles T. Tart, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Sofia University, University of California at Davis

Charles T. Tart

Charles T. Tart

Outline of the Counselling Work at the Institute of Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health

Eberhard Bauer, Dipl.-Psych., and Wolfgand  Fach, Dipl.-Psych.

Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene, Freiburg, Germany

Eberhard Bauer

Eberhard Bauer

Wolfgang Fach

Wolfgang Fach

Brazilian Mediumship: A Psychosocial Study

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi, PhD

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi

The Academic Consolidation of Anomalistic Psychology in Brazil

Vanessa Corredato, MA, and Wellington Zangari, PhD, University of Sao Paulo

Vanessa Corredato

Vanessa Corredato

Wellington Zangari

Wellington Zangari

Psychology and Psychical Research: The Work of Théodore Flournoy

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi, PhD*, Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD**, Fatima Regina Machado, PhD**, and Wellington Zangari, PhD**

*University of Sao Paulo, **Rhine Research Center, USA

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi


Carlos S. Alvarado

Carlos S. Alvarado

Fatima Regina Machado

Fatima Regina Machado

Wellington Zangari

Wellington Zangari

The conference room is open already for those who are registered. You will find there people to chat with and materials to view (the posters, and coming soon presenter biographies and presentation abstracts). These materials will be available indefinitely after the conference, exclusively for registrants, along with the recordings of the presentations.

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

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The Forever Family Foundation  was set to “further the understanding of Afterlife Science through research and education while providing support and healing for people in grief.”

The Foundation is meeting in Durham, NC, for a variety of events between the 5th and the 11th of November (for information click here. Part of these events include the Foundation’s 8th Annual Afterlife Conference between November 8th and 9th (for information about registration, hotel, and other details click here).

The title of the conference is The Science of Survival of Consciousness: Changing World View About the Afterlife. Some of the presenters include:

Jim B. Tucker, MD

Jim Tucker 2

Representing: Division of Perceptual Studies/University of Virginia

Topic: Return to Life: Children’s Memories of Past Lives

Loyd Auerbach, MS

Loyd Auerbach

Representing: Forever Family Foundation

Topic: Never Been Slimed: Recollections of a Real-Life “Ghostbuster”

Sally Rhine Feather, PhD

Sally Rhine Feather

Representing: Rhine Research Center

Topic: Continuing Psi Experiences Suggestive of an Afterlife.

Callum Cooper, MS

Callum Cooper

Representing: Society for Psychical Research  (London)

Topic: Telephone Contact with the Dead and other Unique Methods of After Death Communication

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD

Carlos S. Alvarado 4

Representing: Parapsychological Association

Topic: Seeing the Dead: Early Studies of Deathbed Visions

Nancy Zingrone, PhD


Representing: Parapsychology Foundation

Topic: Is There Anybody In There?

Evidence for Survival from Hauntings and Apparitions Research

Julie Beischel, PhD

julie Beischel 4

Representing: Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential

Topic: Among Mediums: Results from 10 Years of Research


Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

The Paranormal Review is a magazine published by the Society for Psychical Research . Its new editor, Dr. Leo Ruickbie,  has just made public a call for papers about a particular topic:

“To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the editor of the Paranormal Review would like to receive submissions relating to psychical research and the paranormal during, or in connection with, World War I and its aftermath. Please send ideas or abstracts of 200-300 words to Dr Leo Ruickbie at Copy deadlines are 14 April for the July issue and 5 July for the October issue.”

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

Phantasms of the Living vol 2Traditionally there has been much interest in psychic phenomena reported around the moment of someone’s death, as seen in old classics such as Gurney, Myers and Podmore’s Phantasms of the Living (1886), and in the later works of Ernesto Bozzano, Camille Flammarion, Erlendur Haraldsson, and Sylvia Hart Wright, among many other examples.  I will present an overview of some of this work in a lecture sponsored by the Rhine Research Center, which will be broadcasted online.

Wright When Spirits Come Calling 2

Flammarion Death and its Mystery

Here is a summary of the talk, entitled “Psychic Phenomena and Death:”

Psychic phenomena of different sorts have traditionally been associated to death and closeness to death. Alvarado will focus on phenomena such as apparitions of the living, deathbed visions, physical phenomena, and shared death experiences. The presentation will include examples of these phenomena, as well as a discussion of less usual topics, such as communications received through mediums about the process of death and experiments conducted at the moment of death. There will also be examples of attempts found in parapsychological literature to explain the above mentioned phenomena and of the ancient idea that death is but a change into a different state. The topics will be illustrated with slides and the discussion will cover both historical and more recent material.

The talk will take place at the  Stedman Auditorium on the Duke Center for Living Campus (Durham, North Carolina) on February 21, 2014, between 7:00-9:00 PM.

For details about registration go here.  Click here for online registration. Members of the Rhine Research Center will eventually be able to watch the recording of the lecture in the Center’s media library.

Rhine Research Center, Durham, North Carolina

Rhine Research Center, Durham, North Carolina

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

Rhine Research Center

Rhine Research Center

The Rhine Research Center , located in Durham, NC, is sponsoring a fundraising event. The event will take place on November 16, 2013, between 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM, at the Millennium Hotel (2800 Campus Walk Avenue Durham, NC, 27705) (see the video about the event).


Millennium Hotel, Durham, NC

Millennium Hotel, Durham, NC

Here is the announcement from the Rhine Research Center’s website:

“Have you ever had an experience that you can’t explain or wondered about the limits of human abilities? Did you know the effects of prayer and human intention are measurable and repeatable? You can find answers to these questions and learn more when you discover your potential with the Rhine.

For nearly 80 years researchers at the Duke Parapsychology Laboratories and the Rhine Research Center have been studying questions like these and working with the local community and scientist around the world to understand more about the nature of human consciousness. Join us as we explore these topics with you in a fun and interactive setting.

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Rhine Research Center will provide a night of fun, information, interactive activities and a fundraising auction to support the cutting-edge research being done by the Rhine in the field of parapsychology and consciousness studies.

The evening will include: Wine, food and refreshments, an opportunity to be part of ESP testing and other interactive activities, a live auction of spectacular services, unique experiences, and one-of-a-kind opportunities. The BIG FINISH? A spoon bending party! (spoons provided)”

For information about registration click here.

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

Yesterday, like today, there was much interest in mediumship. The speakers of the lectures commented here focus on two famous cases from the old days of psychical research: Leonora E. Piper and Eusapia Palladino.

Leonora E. Piper

Leonora E. Piper

Eusapia Palladino

Eusapia Palladino

The two lectures, presented as part of the Rhine Research Center  lecture series, are entitled “Communicating with the Dead: Compelling Evidence from Two of the World’s Most Famous Mediums.” They will be presented by Drs. Phil Morse and by myself. Mrs. Piper is discussed by Dr. Morse, Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia, who teaches an online course about psychic phenomena through the Lifelong Learning Program at East Carolina University. I will discuss Palladino, a medium that has interested me for years.

Dr. Phil Morse

Dr. Phil Morse

Here is the summary of the presentations:

“There are a handful of historic mediums who have had an indelible and profound impact on the field of parapsychology. Leonora Piper and Eusapia Palladino are two of the most famous.

For 25 years around the beginning of the 20th century, Leonora Piper was exhaustively examined by the most esteemed scientists and authorities in England and the United States to see whether she was the “real deal.” Never was a medium before or since so closely scrutinized. Many of the examiners were experts in determining whether a medium was fraudulent or not.  No one ever found even a shred of evidence of any deception.  Almost all of them came to the conclusion that Mrs. Piper was, in fact, in communication with discarnate entities.

Robbins Past and Present with Mrs. Piper

We shall look at the life of this remarkable woman and the evidence which convinced so many esteemed figures of her authenticity and ability to communicate with the dead. Some stunning transcripts will be presented as well as pictures of Mrs. Piper in a trance and what automatic writing looks like.

Eusapia Palladino was a very different kind of medium. She was born in 1854 which was at the beginning of an intense interest in mediumship. Her exploits were equally compelling in that something extraordinary was taking place. She was also examined in great detail by some of Europe’s most esteemed authorities to see whether there was any deceit involved, which was sometimes the case.

Barzini Nel Mondo Eusapia Paladino

Photographs of the feats and phenomena which she produced will be shown which includes levitation of objects, materializations, and other mysterious happenings. Palladino’s early and later life will be discussed as well as some of the controversies which swirled around her. Evidence for telekinesis and materialization will be presented as well as the historical significance of these fascinating individuals.”

The lectures will take place on July 26th, 2013, 7:00 PM through 9:00 PM. They will be given at the Stedman Auditorium on the Duke Center for Living Campus (3475 Erwin Road, Durham, NC, 27705). The admission fee is $20.00 (Rhine Research Center Members: $16.00; Students: $10.00). For more information you may call the Rhine Research Center (919-309-4600). Here is the link to register and to watch the event online.

Those of you interested in learning more about these mediums may want to consult the following bibliography, which was compiled from materials at the Alex Tanous Research Library of the Rhine Research Center.

Selected Bibliography

(*Indicates the book or journal is at the Alex Tanous Research Library of the Rhine Research Center)

Leonora E. Piper


*Gauld, A. (1982). Mediumship and Survival. London: Heinemann. (Chapter 3) (500 Gau 1982)

Tymn, M. (2013). Resurrecting Leonora Piper: How Science Discovered the Afterlife. White Crow Books.

Tymn Resurrecting Piper


*Hodgson, R. (1892). A record of observations of certain phenomena of trance. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 8, 1-167.

Richard Hodgson

Richard Hodgson

*Hodgson, R. (1898). A further record of observations of certain phenomena of trance.  Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 13, 284-582.

*Hyslop, J.H. (1901). A further record of observations of certain phenomena of trance. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 16, 1-649.

*James, W. (1909). Report on Mrs. Piper’s Hodgson control. Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research, 3, 470-589.

William James

William James

*Leaf, W. (1890). A record of observations of certain phenomena of trance (3). Part II.  Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 6, 558-646.

*Lodge, O. (1890). A record of observations of certain phenomena of trance (2). Part I.  Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 6, 443‑557.

Oliver J. Lodge

Oliver J. Lodge

Eusapia Palladino


*Alvarado, C.S. (1993). Gifted subjects’ contributions to psychical research: The case of Eusapia Palladino. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 59, 269-292.

*Carrington, H. (1909a). Eusapia Palladino and Her Phenomena. New York: B.W. Dodge. (500 Car 1909)

Eusapia Palladino title page


*Bottazzi, P. (1907). The unexplored regions of human biology: Observations and experiments with Eusapia Paladino. Annals of Psychical Science 6, 149-156, 260-290, 377-422. (500 Fin 1907 V. 6)

Filippo Bottazzi

Filippo Bottazzi

*Carrington, H. (1954). The American Seances with Eusapia Palladino. New York: Garrett Publications. (500 Car 1954)

*Feilding, E. (1963). Sittings with Eusapia Palladino and Other Studies. New Hyde Park, NY: University Books. (500 Fei 1963).

*Flammarion, C. (1909). Mysterious Psychic Forces. Boston: Small, Maynard. (Chapters 3-4). (500 Fla 1909)

Flammarion Mysterious Psychic Forces 2

*Imoda, Dr. [E.]. (1908). The action of Eusapia Paladino on the electroscope. Annals of Psychical Science, 7, 410-412. (500 Fin 1908 V. 7)

*Lombroso, C. (1988). After Death—What?  Wellingborough, Northhamptonshire: Aquarian Press. (Chapters 2-4, First published in 1909). (500 Lom 1988)

Cesare Lombroso

Cesare Lombroso