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Bozzano and the First Classification of Deathbed Visions: A Historical Note and Translation

Bozzano and the First Classification of Deathbed Visions: A Historical Note and Translation

Date: December 1983
Creator: Siegel, Ronald K. & Hirschman, Ada E.
Description: Abstract: "Ernest Bozzano was an Italian parapsychologist who published, in 1923, one of the most important historical studies on deathbed visions. The book, while influencing such scholars as Charles Richet and Sir William Barrett, remained largely forgotten and untranslated. This paper provides a translation of selections from Bozzano's monograph illustrating his unique classification of death visions."
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Brief Report: A Near-Death Experience with Veridical Perception Described by a Famous Heart Surgeon and Confirmed by his Assistant Surgeon

Brief Report: A Near-Death Experience with Veridical Perception Described by a Famous Heart Surgeon and Confirmed by his Assistant Surgeon

Date: Spring 2013
Creator: Rivas, Titus & Smit, Rudolf H.
Description: Abstract: The professional near-death literature contains cases in which near-death experiencers reported that during their experiences (NDEs), they perceived phenomena in the material world that, based on the condition and position of their physical bodies, they should not have been able to perceive, and yet these perceptions were subsequently verified as accurate. Only a few of these cases of apparently non-physical veridical perception during NDEs have been carefully researched. In this article, we report a case described originally by cardiac surgeon Lloyd Rudy in a YouTube Internet video. We describe pour process of following up exhaustively on all avenues of investigation available to us and our conclusion that this case is among the most evidential in which perceptions during an NDE were confirmed as completely accurate by objective observers.
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Brief Report: Induced After-Death Communication: An Update

Brief Report: Induced After-Death Communication: An Update

Date: Summer 2013
Creator: Hannah, Mo Therese; Botkin, Allan L.; Marrone, Joseph G. & Streit-Horn, Jenny
Description: Abstract: Seventy-one clients (50 females, 21 males) who were treated with Induced After-Death Communication (IADC) therapy completed the author-developed Grief Symptom Questionnaire (GSQ) before and after the two-session treatment protocol and at six months post-treatment. Factor analyses revealed three factors - Depression, Anger, and Positive Coping - underlying nine GSQ items. Seventy-nine percent of the sample reported experiencing an IADC during treatment - an experience of communication with a deceased loved one they were grieving. In comparison with pre-treatment, at post-treatment participants reported statistically significant improvements in their grief symptoms, an increase in belief in an afterlife, an improvement in Positive Coping, and decreased Anger and Depression. Implications of the findings and methodological limitations are discussed.
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Brief Report: Near-Death Experiences among a Sample of Iranian Muslims

Brief Report: Near-Death Experiences among a Sample of Iranian Muslims

Date: Autumn 2010
Creator: Fracasso, Cheryl; Aleyasin, Seyed Ali; Friedman, Harris & Young, M. Scott
Description: Abstract: Muslim near-death experiences (NDEs) have been rarely reported by comparison to the incident of NDEs reported in other groups. Recently, after Kreps (2009) found no NDEs in a sample from Pakistan and Kashmir, he concluded Muslim NDEs may even be nonexistent. However, in Arak City, Iran, we easily identified 19 Iranian Muslims who reported having experienced an NDE. Thirty participants claiming to have memories from a period of unconsciousness associated with a close brush with death completed a Persian translation of Greyson's (1983) NDE Scale as well as background and semi-structured questions. Of these, 19 (63%) scored 7 or higher on the NDE Scale, Greyson's criterion for a valid NDE. The presumed NDErs were 10 female and 9 male; aged 16 to 65 years old with a mean age of 33; ranging in education from no high school diploma (5%), to high school diploma (37%), to bachelor's degree (58%); reporting NDE circumstances of accident (58%), attempted suicide (16%), illness (11%), natural disaster (11%), and emotional trauma (5%); and reporting time since NDE ranging from less than one to 20 years with a mean of 8 years. Although low reliability precluded further statistical analysis of the data or comparison of ...
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Brief Report: Phenomenology of Near-Death Experiences: An Analysis of a Maori Case Study

Brief Report: Phenomenology of Near-Death Experiences: An Analysis of a Maori Case Study

Date: Winter 2013
Creator: Tassell-Matamua, Natasha
Description: Abstract: Near-death experiences (NDEs) have been recorded in the oral and written histories of virtually every culture since antiquity. Based on some of theses accounts, attempts have been made to investigate whether the phenomenology of the NDE is cross-culturally variable or similar. The present article contributes to this literature by analyzing the only known historical account of an NDE reported by a Maori individual. Although this account has been previously analyzed for its association with features typically reported in Western NDE accounts, it has been analyzed for its conformity to prevailing Maori beliefs about the afterlife. The analysis of this single case study suggests the NDE was influenced by cultural beliefs, which supports two converging viewpoint: that NDE phenomenology is universal but expressed in culturally-relative ways and that NDE phenomenology is culture-bound.
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Brief Report: Psychologists' Knowledge of and Attitudes about Near-Death Experiences: Changes over Time and Relationship to Transpersonl Self-Concept

Brief Report: Psychologists' Knowledge of and Attitudes about Near-Death Experiences: Changes over Time and Relationship to Transpersonl Self-Concept

Date: Autumn 2010
Creator: Fracasso, Cheryl; Friedman, Harris & Young, M. Scott
Description: Abstract: We conducted a comparison and extension of Walker and Russell's (1989) study of psychologists' knowledge of and attitudes about near-death experiences (NDEs). We used their Near-Death Phenomena Knowledge and Attitudes Questionnaire (NDPKAQ), consisting of one knowledge scale and two attitude scales, to explore possible changes over time. We also used the Self-Expansiveness Level Form -- Transpersonal Scale (SELF-TS; Friedman, 1983) to explore the relationship of transpersonal self-concept with knowledge of and attitudes about NDEs. We randomly surveyed 84 psychologists listed in the Washington state National Register and obtained 18 completed responses (61% male, 39% female; mean age 60 years; ethnicity unknown). The comparison of our NDPKAQ data with Walker and Russell's Illinois psychologists' data suggests psychologists' knowledge and attitudes about NDEs have remained unchanged over the pas two decades (p > .05). Two of the three NDPKAQ scale scores correlated significantly with the SELF-TS scores (p = .03, .05), suggesting a positive relationship between transpersonal self-concept and knowledge of and attitudes towards NDEs. We discuss limitations of our results and implications of our findings for professional education and training on NDEs.
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Brief Report: Psychotherapeutic Outcomes Reported by Therapists Trained in Induced After-Death Communication

Brief Report: Psychotherapeutic Outcomes Reported by Therapists Trained in Induced After-Death Communication

Date: Summer 2013
Creator: Botkin, Allan L. & Hannah, Mo Therese
Description: Abstract: Induced after-death communication (IADC) is a new psychotherapeutic procedure based on a variation of eye-movement desensitization and re-processing (EMDR). Psychologist Allan Botkin discovered it accidentally in 1995 while he was conducting therapy with combat veterans suffering from grief and post-traumatic stress disorder. During the course of the IADC treatment, Botkin's patients reported experiencing what they believed to be communications from a deceased person. The psychological healing associated with these experiences seemed remarkable. The following report presents the results of a survey Botkin conducted with other therapists he personally trained to conduct IADC. The results indicate that other IADC therapists achieved successful results nearly identical to those of Botkin and that the results were consistent across trained therapists.
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Briefing the Case: Constitution Day Outreach to Campus and Community

Briefing the Case: Constitution Day Outreach to Campus and Community

Date: 2012
Creator: Leuzinger, Julie
Description: Article discussing Constitution Day outreach to campuses and communities.
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Building a Better Librarian: Why Your Work As A Librarian Begins LONG Before Your Graduate Program

Building a Better Librarian: Why Your Work As A Librarian Begins LONG Before Your Graduate Program

Date: July 2012
Creator: Jacobs, Courtney E.
Description: This articles discusses why ones work as a librarian begins long before their graduate program.
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Cardiac Arrest and Near-Death Experiences

Cardiac Arrest and Near-Death Experiences

Date: Summer 2004
Creator: Woerlee, G. M.
Description: Article which describes the process of cardiac resuscitation in some detail, explains how known data on cardiac resuscitation predict the incidence of these experiences, as well as how the functioning of the body during cardiac resuscitation explains the experiences undergone during NDEs.
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Cases of the Reincarnation Type with Memories from the Intermission Between Lives

Cases of the Reincarnation Type with Memories from the Intermission Between Lives

Date: Winter 2004
Creator: Sharma, Poonam & Tucker, Jim B.
Description: Article analyzing reports from Burmese subjects which indicate that intermission memories can be broken down into three parts, and comparing these reports to reports of near-death experiences (NDEs), indicating that they show features similar to the transcendental component of Western NDEs and have significant areas of overlap with Asian NDEs.
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Cataloguing in 2012: On The Cusp Of RDA

Cataloguing in 2012: On The Cusp Of RDA

Date: September 2012
Creator: Harden, Jean, 1948-
Description: This article discusses changes in music cataloguing systems.
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Census of Non-Western Near-Death Experiences to 2005: Overview of the Current Data

Census of Non-Western Near-Death Experiences to 2005: Overview of the Current Data

Date: Summer 2008
Creator: Kellehear, Allan
Description: Abstract: This paper provides a census of non-Western near-death experiences (NDEs), noting similarities and differences in features with Western NDEs and other non-Western NDEs. The two sims of this current review are to update previous transcultural reviews with current data and to describe both crosscultural and culture-specific features of NDEs.
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The Centrality of Near-Death Experiences in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism

The Centrality of Near-Death Experiences in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism

Date: December 1981
Creator: Becker, Carl B.
Description: From introduction: "One of the commonest reactions to the visionary experiences of heaven by the critical observer has been to argue that these are nothing more than the projections of the expectations of the dying person, who was either consciously or subconsciously trained to expect heavenly scenery (etc.) by his cultural upbringing. [...] This paper is a preliminary report on the status of NDEs in Pure Land Buddhism in China, and is an important contribution to cross-cultural research for several reasons"(pp. 154-155).
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The Challenge of Multimedia Networking

The Challenge of Multimedia Networking

Date: 1993
Creator: Halbert, Martin
Description: Article reviewing texts that examine both the promise and peril of developing networked multimedia systems.
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The Challenges of Traveling a Psychospiritual Path in Today's Postmodern Western World

The Challenges of Traveling a Psychospiritual Path in Today's Postmodern Western World

Date: Winter 2012
Creator: Miller, Judith D.
Description: Abstract: Although the category "Religious or Spiritual Problem" (Code V62.89) was incorporated into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for mental health professional in 1994, it has taken until 2012 for a conference or training to take place designed to help therapists and social workers understand how best to address such issues. In this article I describe my personal experience and my professional experience as a psychotherapist with religious and spiritual phenomena. I offer my view of what it means to be spiritual, including the role of worldviews and my conceptualization of a three-stage path of spiritual development.
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Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients That Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors

Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients That Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors

Date: Spring 2002
Creator: Pearsall, Paul; Schwartz, Gary E. R. & Russek, Linda G. S.
Description: Study evaluating whether changes following heart transplant surgery parallel the history of the donors, based on the systemic memory hypothesis which predicts that all dynamical systems that contain recurrent feedback loops store information and energy to various degrees.
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Changes in Religious Beliefs, Attitudes, and Practices Following Near-Death Experiences: An Australian Study

Changes in Religious Beliefs, Attitudes, and Practices Following Near-Death Experiences: An Australian Study

Date: Autumn 1990
Creator: Sutherland, Cherie
Description: Abstract: This study examined changes in religious beliefs, attitudes, and practices in the lives of 50 near-death experiencers. I attempted to clarify whether these changes were to greater religiousness or to a deeper spirituality. I found that before the near-death experience (NDE), my respondents were no more religious or spiritually inclined than the general Australian population. Following the NDE there was a statistically significant shift towards spirituality on most items investigated.
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Cheating the Ferryman: A New Paradigm of Existence?

Cheating the Ferryman: A New Paradigm of Existence?

Date: Winter 2004
Creator: Peake, Anthony A.
Description: Article presenting an argument for what occurs subjectively at the moment of death, using insights from quantum physics, neurology, perceptual science, psychiatry, and Gnosticism.
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A Child's Encounter with the Devil: An Unusual Near-Death Experience with Both Blissful and Frightening Elements

A Child's Encounter with the Devil: An Unusual Near-Death Experience with Both Blissful and Frightening Elements

Date: Winter 2001
Creator: Bonenfant, Richard J.
Description: Abstract: I describe the near-death experience (NDE) of a 6-year-old boy who encountered both the devil and God following a near-fatal car accident, and compare recent recollections of the event with those made four years earlier. I discuss the aftereffects of this experience, and review the findings of earlier studies of frightening NDEs.
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Claims of Near-Death Experiences, Gestalt Resistance Processes, and Measures of Optimal Functioning

Claims of Near-Death Experiences, Gestalt Resistance Processes, and Measures of Optimal Functioning

Date: Autumn 1999
Creator: Prosnick, Kevin P.
Description: Abstract: The present study investigated the relationship between claims of near-death experiences (NDEs) and measures of self-actualization. Gestalt resistance processes transfluence, mystical experiences, and claims of peak life experiences in a sample of 155 individuals. As hypothesized, I found significant positive correlations between the claims of NDEs and transfluence and mystical experiences. I found no significant correlations between claims of NDEs and the seven Gestalt resistances, suggesting that NDErs are neither more nor less resistant than nonNDErs. I also found no significant relationship between claims of NDEs and self-actualization or claims of peak life experiences.
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Clinical Approaches to the Out-of-Body Experience

Clinical Approaches to the Out-of-Body Experience

Date: Autumn 1989
Creator: Twemlow, Stuart W.
Description: Abstract: The author reviews aspects of the out-of-body experience (OBE) related to psychic experiences and personality traits, and describes a continuum of experiences of altered mind/body perception, from the prototypical OBE on the healthy end to schizophrenia and organic brain syndromes on the other end. The impact of the OBE on the individual's life is described, with suggestions for a psychoeducational approach to the clinical management of the patient with an OBE to allow maximum growth from the consciousness-expanding effects of the experience.
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Commentary on Allan Kellehear's "Near-Death Experiences and the Pursuit of the Ideal Society"

Commentary on Allan Kellehear's "Near-Death Experiences and the Pursuit of the Ideal Society"

Date: Winter 1991
Creator: Mills, Antonia
Description: Abstract: Allan Kellehear's article raised four questions for me: (1) whether the near-death experience (NDE) presents enough data about the nature of a transcendent society for it to be a useful model for earthly societies; (2) the degree to which transcendent societies have to address the practical considerations of a material society; (3) whether NDEs are projections of experiencers' cultural concepts about the nature of the transcendent realm(s); and (4) the kind of hope offered by the growing awareness of the features of Western NDEs. I address these questions by referring to transcendent realm concepts and NDEs in the anthropological literature, particularly that of the North American Indian Prophet Movement.
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Commentary on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"

Commentary on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"

Date: Summer 2007
Creator: Sabom, Michael B.
Description: Abstract: Keith Augustine raises questions regarding Pam Reynolds's near-death experience (NDE) while undergoing cerebral aneurysm surgery using the hypothermic cardiac arrest ("standstill") procedure. I specifically address questions regarding anesthesia and brainstem auditory evoked response procedures; and the relation of Reynolds's NDE to "standstill" and life after death.
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