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Mediums and Mediumship
For a detailed description of our mediumship research programs, please read this article. For a brief review of our major findings, click here.
Below are our current efforts within our three mediumship research programs.
Information Research Program:
– Encouraging other labs to replicate our accuracy protocol.
– Analysis and publication of previously collected accuracy data.
Operation Research Program:
– Brain imaging of mediums as they conduct readings and engage in other mental tasks.
– Analyzing and publishing previously collected survey data comparing mediums and non-mediums. (See also: ‘Education: Manuscripts’ below.)
– Further exploring the links between mediumship ability, trauma, and other experiences.
– Exploring factors that may enhance or inhibit mediumship abilities and accuracy.
– Examining the psychology of sitters receiving mediumship readings.
Application Research Program:
– Developing and evaluating potential mediumship training procedures.
– Developing research-based ‘best practices’ guidelines for mediums, clinicians, and sitters.
– Understanding mediumship’s potential role in wisdom acquisition.
– Continuing our Bereavement And Mediumship (BAM) research: Unresolved grief can cause significant mental and physical distress and traditional psychotherapy may not be effective for relieving grief. Spontaneous and induced experiences of after-death communications (ADCs) dramatically reduce grief and pilot data suggest similar positive effects after readings with mediums (Beischel, Mosher, & Boccuzzi, 2014-2015). The potentially therapeutic benefits of mediumship readings and other ADCs warrant serious study. Our current methodology addresses the major methodological issues that have previously prevented grief researchers from drawing strong conclusions regarding their study data. Please join our email list to be notified of the progress of this study.
Projects related to the Survival of Consciousness after Death (“Afterlife”)
– Prevalence and qualitative studies of After Death Communication experiences (ADCs) in the bereaved and End of Life Experiences (ELEs) in the dying.
– Examining the unique characteristics of grief experiences that happen after the death of a companion animal (“pet”) and the unique challenges that occur for bereaved guardians (“owners”)
– Understanding factors that contribute to fear of death and developing effective interventions to help alleviate those fears.
– Empirical studies that may help us better understand the nature of ‘the afterlife.’
– Empirical research in the areas of Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC) and Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP).
– Continue to seek out and publish unique, high-quality articles focusing on interdisciplinary studies of consciousness as it relates to dying, death, and what comes next.
– Continue to develop and improve the journal’s web-based delivery platform.
– Secure funding to support on-going journal overhead costs including web hosting, DOI’s, and archival services.
– Continue to create new educational materials (such as videos and fact sheets) based on the results of our research and other findings within our field.
– Provide regular updates and press releases about our findings, new educational materials, and educational opportunities to our email list, social media platforms, and relevant news/media outlets.
– Continue to be a source of credible, evidence-based information and make ourselves available to the media for interviews and consultation.
– Continue to present our research findings at scientific conferences and public-focused events.
– Move forward on the design and development of free, open access, online classes tailored to meet the needs of practitioners, clinicians, scientists, and the general public.
– Manuscripts: We are currently finalizing manuscripts detailing study findings regarding secular American mediums’ demographic, personality, and psychological characteristics; childhood and spiritual experiences; and business practices as well as their descriptions of factors that enhance or inhibit communication with the deceased, their explanations for why they are mediums, how their abilities developed, and how their cultural background and spirituality relate to mediumship. Please join our email list to be notified of the publication of these articles.
– Afterlife consumer bill of rights: We are currently developing a Bill of Rights for consumers of afterlife-related services to train individuals on how to protect themselves from fraud. Once finalized this will be available for free from our website so that consumers can access it and practicing mediums can be aware of what we are teaching people. Please join our email list to be notified when this document is available.
Beischel, J., Mosher, C. & Boccuzzi, M. (2014-2015). The possible effects on bereavement of assisted after-death communication during readings with psychic mediums: A continuing bonds perspective. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 70(2), 169-194. doi: 10.2190/OM.70.2.b https://windbridge.org/papers/BeischelMosherBoccuzzi_AssistedADCs.pdf