If you have had a near-death experience (NDE), NDE-like experience or related experience, please consider participating in the on-going research studies below. All of these studies have been reviewed and approved by the IANDS Academic & Research Committee.

1. Opinion about wording of questionnaires about NDEs
  • Objectives: The Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia is recruiting individuals who have had a near-death experience (NDE) for an online study. These are personal and transformative experiences that sometimes happen when one is close to death or under the threat of death. This research asks for your opinion about the wording of questionnaires about NDEs and will allow researchers to improve these questionnaires to better reflect the experiences people have.
  • Researchers: Marieta Pehlivanova, PhD, and Bruce Greyson, MD, of the Division of Peceptual Studies, University of Virginia.
  • Type of study: Questionnaire            Time required: 20 minutes
  • Further information and link to questionnaire

2. Sleep and Dreaming After a Near-death Experience
  • Objectives: Extensive research over the past 40 years has revealed a consistent pattern of pronounced and pervasive aftereffects following near-death experiences (NDEs). The majority of research has focused on psychosocial and spiritual changes, however an increasing body of evidence suggests physiological alterations may also occur in association with NDEs. For this research we would like to know whether your sleep patterns and experiences (including dream content) have changed since your near-death incident, and if so, in what ways. It is possible they may not have changed at all, and we are also interested in this.
  • Researchers: Laura O’Sullivan, PhD and Nicole Lindsay from Massey University in New Zealand
  • Type of study: questionnaire             Time required: 15-20 minutes
  • Further information and link to questionnaire

3. Study of Profound MYSTICAL or SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES
  • Objectives: Have you had a momentous, transcendental experience that “All is One,” a Near-Death Experience, seen and felt an extraordinary Light, or anything along these lines? Then you would be an ideal participant!
  • Researcher: Jonathan Dinsmore, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • Type of study: questionnaire             Time required: 10-20 minutes
  • Further information and link to questionnaire

4. DMT Field Research project - NDE special interest
  • Objectives: A field research study exploring the psychological, perceptual and mental effects of the psychedelic agent DMT (N,N-dimethyltriptamine) among those with past DMT experience.
  • Researcher: David Luke, PhD of the University of Greenwich in England.
  • Type of study: interview and a series of questionnaires.            Time required: 60 minutes +
  • Further information and link to questionnaire

5. NDE Visions of the world's future
  • Objectives: (1) identify and verify cases of world events that were accurately predicted by NDErs; (2) identify similarities in future world events received by different NDErs; and (3) identify what significance the visions of future world events have for NDErs.
  • Researchers: Robert Mays, BSc, and Suzanne Mays, AA -- Independent NDE researchers.
  • Type of study: on-line survey.            Time required: up to 60 minutes.
  • Further information and link to survey

Study Details


1. Opinion about wording of questionnaires about NDEs

Call for research participants who have had a near-death experience

The Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia is recruiting individuals who have had a near-death experience (NDE) for an online study. These are personal and transformative experiences that sometimes happen when one is close to death or under the threat of death. This research asks for your opinion about the wording of questionnaires about NDEs and will allow researchers to improve these questionnaires to better reflect the experiences people have. Participation in the study will take up to 20 minutes of your time and will consist of a single online questionnaire. You are eligible to participate if you have had an NDE, are 18 years of age or older, and are fluent in English. This research project has been reviewed by University of Virginia's Institutional Review Board for the Social Sciences (protocol #4885). You will not be paid for your participation.

If you are interested in enrolling in this study, please follow this link to the questionnaire: Qualtrics Questionnaire

Thank you for your support of this important research.


2. Sleep and Dreaming After a Near-death Experience

Extensive research over the past 40 years has revealed a consistent pattern of pronounced and pervasive aftereffects following near-death experiences (NDEs). The majority of research has focused on psychosocial and spiritual changes, however an increasing body of evidence suggests physiological alterations may also occur in association with NDEs. For this research we would like to know whether your sleep patterns and experiences (including dream content) have changed since your near-death incident, and if so, in what ways. It is possible they may not have changed at all, and we are also interested in this. Participants must be over the age of 18 and have experienced a near-death event, regardless of whether an NDE was experienced or not during this episode. Those who have not experienced a near-death event can also participate and will form a comparison group.

If you are interested in enrolling in this study, please follow this link to the questionnaire: Qualtrics Questionnaire

Thank you for your support of this important research.


3. Study of Profound MYSTICAL or SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES

Have you had a momentous, transcendental experience that “All is One,” a Near-Death Experience, seen and felt an extraordinary Light, or anything along these lines? Then you would be an ideal participant! Anyone 18 years old or older can take part, and it only requires about 10-20 minutes of your time.

Click this link to make a meaningful contribution to the scientific study of spiritual experiences: Qualtrics Questionnaire

If you have questions, you can contact Jonathan Dinsmore (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or Dr. Ralph Hood (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Thank you for your support of this important research.


4. DMT Field Research project - NDE special interest

Dr. David Luke of the University of Greenwich in England is recruiting volunteers to take part in a field research study exploring the psychological, perceptual and mental effects of the psychedelic agent DMT (N,N-dimethyltriptamine) among those with past DMT experience. The study has ethical approval from the University of Greenwich Research Ethics Committee.

We are specifically interested in participants who have had separate past DMT and Near-death experiences. The study will involve being interviewed for approximately an hour, and completing a series of questionnaires. If you live within Sussex, Surrey, Kent or the Greater London area in the UK and want to know more, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (note double "d" in email address). Alternatively, if you are based elsewhere in the world, we would still be very interested to hear from you if you may like to be interviewed.

You may use an anonymous email account. Note that confidentiality and anonymity will be strictly adhered to.

Thank you for your support of this important research.


5. NDE Visions of the world's future

We are seeking near-death experiencers (NDErs) to participate in a study of “NDE Visions of Scenes from the World's Future.” About 18% of NDErs receive information about a future world event during their NDE or at some other time. World events are occurrences that involve or impact a large number of people, such as tragic accidents, terrorist attacks, large-scale social disruptions or conflicts, large-scale natural or environmental disasters, and so on.

We are trying to answer questions like:

  1. Can world-event predictions be verified as accurate?
  2. Are there common themes among the world events received by NDErs?
  3. Is there a purpose for visions of future world events, like a tragic airplane crash, when the NDEr can do nothing to prevent it?
  4. Do the visions of future world events include a message of what needs to be changed, for example in people's attitudes, relationships with others, or relationships with the environment?
  5. Is it possible to avert or mitigate the outcome of a future world event received by an NDEr?
  6. If a future event does not occur or does not occur at the expected time, is the vision in some way still valid?

If you have had an NDE or NDE-like experience and during your experience or at some other time, you have received information about a future world event, we invite you to participate in our study. Please fill out the survey form at: tinyurl.com/NDE-Future-Visions

Link to flyer for our study -- please share with others!

Thank you for your support for this important research.

 

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