Year in Review and What Comes Next

Happy New Year! Please join us in reviewing our accomplishments in 2019 and what’s in store for 2020.

Research

2019 was Year 1 of our two-year Bial Foundation-funded project “Correlating accurate intuition with learning styles and sensory modality preferences” (related news post).

Manuscripts

In 2019, we published 3 major peer-reviewed articles:
– “Assessing Afterlife Beliefs in Psychotherapy” by Beth Christopherson, LCSW, and Julie Beischel, PhD, in the journal Threshold (related news post)
– “Spontaneous, Facilitated, Assisted, and Requested After-Death Communication Experiences and their Impact on Grief” by Julie Beischel, PhD, in the journal Threshold (related news post
– “Hematological and Psychophysiological Correlates of Anomalous Information Reception in Mediums: A Preliminary Exploration” by Julie Beischel, PhD, Shawn Tassone, MD, and Mark Boccuzzi in the journal Explore (related news post including conference video)

Some of the findings from this “HemPhys” Study are also reviewed in the “Disease Burden in Mediums” Fact Sheet and a Bial Foundation video:


In addition, the manuscript “Development and Deployment of the Windbridge Psi and Related Phenomena Awareness Questionnaire (WPRPAQ)” by Julie Beischel, PhD, and Mark Boccuzzi has been accepted for publication in the March, 2020 issue of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. Please join our email list to be notified of its publication.

Fact Sheets

In 2019 we also published 4 new free, open access Fact Sheets:
– “Assessing Afterlife Beliefs in Psychotherapy” 
– “Support for the Survival of Consciousness Explanation” 
– “Disease Burden in Mediums” 
– “The Four Types of After-Death Communication Experiences (ADCs)

Collaborations

We continued our cooperative relationships with researchers, co-authors, and volunteers and established new collaborations in 2019 with:
– the Yale COPE (Influence/Control Over Perceptual Experiences) Project (related news post
– a researcher from Harvard for the Bial Foundation-funded project: Learning Styles/Sensory Modality Preferences (related news post)

Free Education/Public Outreach

In addition to our monthly email newsletters and the free Fact Sheets listed above, our open access public outreach in 2019 involved the publication of Vol 2 No 1 of the journal Threshold. About this issue, David B. Metcalfe, Editor-in-Chief, noted, “the research going on in the area of afterlife studies, one of the most controversial areas of research in science, holds the potential to completely alter our sense of self, our sense of time, our sense of history, our sense of culture… the implications are revolutionary. The secrets of afterlife communication are themselves keys to our own living minds, our own sense of self and identity.” Get the free PDF of this issue of Threshold here.

Windbridge Research Center Director of Research Julie Beischel, PhD, also contributed to several free online events and resources:

– In the July 2019 podcast “Studying Dying, Death, and What Comes Next” on Messages of Hope, Unity Online Radio’s podcast, Suzanne Giesemann interviewed Dr. Beischel who discussed her findings from 15 years of scientific research with psychic mediums and what her discoveries teach us about dying, death, and what comes next (related news post
– In the September 2019 White Shores podcast, “The Medium Whisperer,” Theresa Cheung interviewed Dr. Beischel who discussed her decision to scientifically research mediums, mediums’ unique characteristics, why a phone reading may be better than an in-person reading, and more. (related news post)  
– For the massive, open, online course (MOOC), “Parapsychology: Research and Theory” (a.k.a., ParaMOOC2019), Dr. Beischel presented “The Four Types of After-Death Communication Experiences (ADCs).” (related news post)
– In the December 2019 EdgeScience article “You’re not even in there now,” Dr. Beischel discussed how body tissue turnover rates, the human microbiome, rubber hand and body swap illusions, and psi and afterlife research support a tenuous mind-body relationship. (related news post)
For the June 2019 meeting of the Society for Scientific Exploration, Dr. Beischel was invited to present “You’re Not Even in There Now: The Consilience of Survival of Consciousness, Body Ownership, and Cellular Turnover Research” as the conference banquet speaker [related news post] and transformed her presentation into the EdgeScience article described above.

Fundraising

In October 2019, the Windbridge Research Center received a $5K Matching Grant from a private foundation. That meant if we raised $5K by the end of the month, we got a matching $5K from the Foundation. And we did! And then some! Those funds go to supporting tasks like the creation of free email newsletters, writing free Fact Sheets, keeping the website updated, and presenting our research at scientific conferences. (related news post)

2020

In 2020, we will continue to work on our missions of Research and Education. We are finalizing manuscripts discussing mediums’ demographics, business practices, childhood experiences, spiritual experiences, psychological and personality characteristics, and other beliefs and experiences as well as an article discussing with prevalence of crisis apparitions with co-authors Patricia Pearson and Julia Mossbridge. We also plan on attending the Science of Consciousness 2020 conference in Tucson, AZ, USA.

For more information about our ongoing projects, visit https://www.windbridge.org/about-us/current/

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