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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New publications: chapters from The Survival Hypothesis: Essays on Mediumship

Our Australian colleague Adam J. Rock recently edited and published an anthology titled The Survival Hypothesis: Essays on Mediumship and Windbridge Institute researchers contributed two chapters: “Advances in Quantitative Mediumship Research” (by Julie Beischel) and “Mediumship and its Place within Parapsychology” (by Julie Beischel, Mark Boccuzzi, and Edwin C. May). Below are excerpts from those chapters (and their citations).

Beischel, J. (2014). Advances in quantitative mediumship research. In A. J. Rock (Ed.), The Survival Hypothesis: Essays on Mediumship (pp. 177-195). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Excerpt from “Advances in Quantitative Mediumship Research” by Julie Beischel:

...This review of recent quantitative mediumship research demonstrates that a standard protocol is not being used during proof-focused studies of mediums. One group (Schwartz et al.) seemed to demonstrate psi with the living rather than communication with the deceased; two other research groups (Roy & Robertson, 2004, and Kelly & Arcangel, 2011) used multiple protocols with different methods and obtained positive results with some of them; one group (O’Keefe & Wiseman, 2005) obtained negative results and a second group (Jensen & CardeƱa, 2009) replicated that study and also obtained negative results. These study protocols included methodological shortcomings and none of them involved systematically pre-screening the medium participants prior to data collection to select for mediums actually able to report accurate and specific information under laboratory conditions. In addition, the studies did not effectively mimic the natural mediumship condition in order to examine it as it exists in reality...

In the spring of 2008, I published an extensive description of how we perform mediumship research at the Windbridge Institute (Beischel, 2007). I provided an extensive How To regarding reading protocols; the pairing and formatting of readings; blinding; the screening of medium and sitter participants; and a scoring system involving both holistic and atomistic methods. I noted that

ideally, contemporary laboratory- based mediumship research should include two equally important factors: (a) a research environment that optimizes the mediumship process for both the medium and the hypothesized discarnate in order to increase the probability of capturing the phenomenon, if it exists, in a laboratory setting, and (b) research methods that maximize the experimental blinding of the medium, the rater, and the experimenter in order to eliminate all conventional explanations for the reported information and its accuracy and specificity. Together, these two factors optimize the possibility of achieving positive results while also controlling for experimental artifacts [p. 40].

One anonymous reviewer commented that the paper would “serve a standard-setting function for future experiments, requiring investigators who depart from the methodological requirements to justify their departures.” Unfortunately, since the publication of this paper, no research groups that I know of have attempted to replicate these methods in their own labs, and those who have published mediumship studies using other protocols have failed to justify these departures...

The primary issues here are effective blinding and participant screening. Until we, as researchers, control for all sources of sensory information, even positive results are not convincing. In addition, negative results with unscreened mediums do not teach us anything about mediumship; only that the research method used may be flawed...

I strongly recommend that we, as a community, agree to use the Windbridge Institute methods to perform proof-focused studies or that someone publish another set of effective methods that we can all agree to use. Until mediumship researchers adopt a common protocol that has been shown to achieve positive results while controlling for all sensory sources of information, the limited time and resources available to study mediums will continue to be squandered.
  

Beischel, J., Boccuzzi, M., & May, E. C. (2014). Mediumship and its place within parapsychology. In A. J. Rock (Ed.), The Survival Hypothesis: Essays on Mediumship (pp. 275-284). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Excerpt from: “Mediumship and its Place within Parapsychology” by Julie Beischel, Mark Boccuzzi, and Edwin C. May

...Examining the mediumship process using modern methods and technologies provides a unique and specific endeavor within the field of parapsychology. The continued study of mediumship remains important for several reasons...

In this essay, we addressed the advantages of mediumship research within parapsychology; these advantages included a specialized participant population; psi as an integral part of the phenomenon; a collection of detailed experimental methods; large demonstrable effect sizes; an opportunity for researchers to confront their own biases; and a unique platform for addressing the survival of consciousness hypothesis. We also discussed the practical applications of the results of mediumship research; specifically, mediumship as a clinical treatment for acute grief and as a means for acquiring useful forensic information. These discussions have demonstrated the role of mediumship within parapsychology currently as well as going forward.

Click here to get your copy of The Survival Hypothesis: Essays on Mediumship today.


P.S. Upcoming workshop of potential interest:

Finding Ghosts:
Qualitative, Quantitative, Clinical, and Spiritual Approaches to Paranormal Investigation
A Windbridge Institute Workshop

Spend the day with parapsychologist Mark Boccuzzi, psychologist Chad Mosher, PhD, and psychic medium Dave Campbell on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at The Astrology Store in Glendale, Arizona, at this workshop designed for novice and seasoned investigators alike. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Windbridge Institute.

For more information, click here.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

PsiArt.net: Art inspired by science


Through the Windbridge Institute, the research organization my husband Mark Boccuzzi and I founded in 2008, we are now offering unique and beautiful artwork based on the consciousness research we perform. (See the samples below.)

We’re offering 3 types of images:

The term instrumental transcommunication (ITC) refers to using electronic or other technological equipment to facilitate interaction and communication with the deceased. During the creation of custom ITC art, you can invite your loved one who has passed to visit our lab and interact with our equipment during a scheduled session. The resulting data is then transformed and visualized as an image just for you.

Research has demonstrated that focused attention can affect the output of random event generators (REGs). REGs can be thought of as electronic coin flippers generating continuous, random streams of 1's and 0's. During the creation of custom Intention art, you can focus your attention on a specific idea or intention during a scheduled session in which we are collecting data from a REG. The resulting REG data is then transformed and visualized as an image just for you as a reminder of the intention you set or as one-of-a-kind gift that captures your good wishes for someone on a special occasion.

To date, REG data from sessions in which Mark and I focused on manifesting Hope, Gratitude, and Abundance have been transformed and visualized as images available for purchase.

Purchase fulfillment takes place through FineArtAmerica.com and includes Standard Prints, Framed Prints, Stretch Canvas Prints, Metal Prints, Acrylic Prints, Greeting Cards, and more. Standard prints start at $23.

Art Prints

In a modern world in which mystery is scarce, PsiArt celebrates the limitless nature of consciousness that we are only beginning to understand.

All sales of PsiArt support research at the Windbridge Institute. Thank you for your support of this artistic endeavor.

"Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world." Leonardo da Vinci

Art inspired by science

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Free Public Mediumship Lecture

On Friday, March 21, 2014, I'll be giving the keynote address at the Exploring the Extraordinary (EtE) conference in Gettysburg, PA. My talk, titled "A Scientist Among Mediums: Intriguing Findings from 10 Years of Laboratory Research," also serves as the J.H.W. Stuckenberg Memorial Lecture at Gettysburg College and will be free and open to the public.

I'll be covering the latest studies and findings from the three mediumship research programs at the Windbridge Institute: Information, Operation (which includes Phenomenology, Physiology, and Psychology), and Application especially the Bereavement and Mediumship Study (or BAM).

The presentation is in the Joseph Theatre in Breidenbaugh Hall at 4:30pm local time Friday.

Those interested in attending the full EtE conference will need to register.  You can download the conference schedule, abstracts, and the rest of the details here:
http://etenetwork.weebly.com/american-conference-2014.html


Thursday, November 21, 2013

New Publications


A new journal article and book for your reading enjoyment...

Journal Article:

"Electrocortical activity associated with subjective communication with the deceased"

Published in Frontiers in Psychology | November 2013 | Volume 4 | Article 834 

Authors: Arnaud Delorme, Julie Beischel, Leena Michel, Mark Boccuzzi, Dean Radin, and Paul J. T. Mills. 

This EEG study with Windbridge Certified Research Mediums (WCRMs) was a joint research project between the Windbridge Institute, the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), and the University of California, San Diego. The project was funded by the Bial Foundation.

"...the study's findings suggest that the experience of communicating with the deceased may be a distinct mental state that is not consistent with brain activity during ordinary thinking or imagination."

Read the full paper or download a PDF copy at:
http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00834/full

Book:
http://www.amazon.com/Meaningful-Messages-Mediumship-Reading-ebook/dp/B00FE910V0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380051126

Meaningful Messages: Making the Most of Your Mediumship Reading
by Julie Beischel, PhD
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Meaningful Messages provides 10 helpful hints for people interested in receiving a reading from a psychic medium. It's a short overview of the do's and don'ts to keep in mind as you prepare for, experience, and reflect on a reading from a medium. With all of the inaccurate information about mediums in movies and on TV, Meaningful Messages quickly prepares you for a successful reading with a real medium.

"As a Medium, I am asking all of my clients to read Meaningful Messages before they get a reading from me or any other medium. The main issues that I need a client to know about are all covered in this short, enjoyable read." 
--Dave Campbell, Windbridge Certified Research Medium

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