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

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."
Date: December 1983
Creator: Siegel, Ronald K. & Hirschman, Ada E.

Near-Death and Out-of-Body Experiences in a Melanesian Society

Description: Abstract: "The texts of three near-death experiences, one vision, and one dream by Melanesian villagers are presented and analyzed with regard to their cultural context. Comparison of these experiences with those reported from North America and India suggests that while they have common features (such as the appearance of apparitions, and visions of paradise), their interpretation is structured by cultural expectations."
Date: December 1983
Creator: Counts, Dorothy Ayers

The Near-Death Experience in Children: Shades of the Prison-House Reopening

Description: Abstract: "Some critics have argued that the near-death experience (NDE) is merely a culturally conditioned response to a life crisis, a reflection of expectations engendered by education, religious training, social mores, and family traditions. A review of seventeen accounts of NDEs in children, including two youngsters still in childhood, indicates that NDEs that occur at early ages appear to be substantially similar in content to adult experiences. These accounts suggest that cultural conditioning is not a primary determinant of NDE contents."
Date: December 1983
Creator: Bush, Nancy Evans

Near-Death Experiences, Altered States, and Psi Sensitivity

Description: Article describing a study to compare the frequency of psi experiences, psi-related experiences, mystical states, dream experiences, and demographic variables for (1) persons who had never come close to death, (2) persons who claimed to have had a close call with death but no intense experience, and (3) persons who indicated that they had had a near-death experience.
Date: December 1983
Creator: Kohr, Richard L.

Near-Death Experiences and Attitude Change

Description: Article describing a study that used the Life Attitude Profile (LAP) questionnaire to evaluate positive changes in life attitudes reported by near-death experiencers.
Date: Spring 1985
Creator: Bauer, Martin

Near-Death Experiences: Evidence for Survival?

Description: Abstract: "This paper argues that the out-of-body experience (OBE) and other elements of a near-death experience (NDE), as well as the positive affects that accompany them, do not yeild conclusive evidence for survival after death. The OBE has features that suggest a physical basis for it, the other elements show the influence of cultural background, and positive affects may simply occur to conserve one's energy and prolong life. Other explanations for near-death elements, such as sensory deprivation, extrasensory perception, and eyeless sight, are addressed."
Date: Spring 1985
Creator: Krishnan, V.

The Darkness of God: An Account of Lasting Mystical Consciousness Resulting from an NDE

Description: Article describing the author's near-death experience (NDE) in 1983 as a result of poisoning. Almost every feature of the experience has been antithetical to the author's prior background, both in childhood and in adult life, thereby providing evidence against reductionist explanations of NDE. An account is given of how the new consciousness is affected by various life-circumstances, and of its practical impact on the quality of living.
Date: 1986~
Creator: Wren-Lewis, John

Evaluating Near-Death Testimony: A Challenge for Theology

Description: Article proposing a nonreductionist interpretation of near-death experiences (NDEs), showing that it is possible to give credit to individual testimony while still taking into account the physiological, psychological, and cultural conditions that influence visionary experience in the face of death.
Date: 1986~
Creator: Zaleski, Carol G.

Helping at the Edges of Life: Perspectives of a Psychedelic Therapist

Description: Article presenting a case history of a 70 year old man treated with psychedelic psychotherapy for depression, anxiety, and pain associated with terminal cancer. Interpersonal and intrapersonal aspects of treatment following a single 90 mg dose of dipropyltryptamine (DPT) are described. Comparisons are made between transpersonal, mystical, and religious elements in psychedelic drug experiences and near-death experiences.
Date: Spring 1988
Creator: Yensen, Richard

The Incidence of Out-Of-Body Experiences in Hospitalized Patients

Description: Study exploring out-of-body experiences (OBEs), cultural differences in reporting those OBEs, and associations between OBEs and frequency of dream recall in 100 white and 100 black adults hospitalized in a university medical center.
Date: Spring 1988
Creator: Olson, Melodie

Near-Death Experiences and Self-Transformation

Description: Article examining three successive near-death experiences (NDEs) in one individual, which suggests that such alterations of consciousness weaken ego control and foster transcendence of the ego, promoting transformation and regeneration.
Date: Spring 1988
Creator: Pennachio, John

A Comparison of UFO and Near-Death Experiences as Vehicles for the Evolution of Human Consciousness

Description: Abstract: This study compares unidentified flying object experiencers (UFOErs) with near-death experiencers (NDErs) in regard to changes in attitudes toward self, others, and life in general, toward religious or spiritual orientation, and toward psychic abilities and beliefs. Kenneth Ring's questionnaires administered to NDErs (1984) were given in this study to 93 persons whose UFOE included either a light experience, and object experience, or a "close encounter." The author concludes that the UFOE, like the NDE, provides impetus toward spiritual growth, but neither as consistently nor as strongly.
Date: Summer 1988
Creator: Davis, Lorraine

The Devil in Heaven: A Near-Death Experience with both Positive and Negative Facets

Description: Article describing a near-death experience that is of interest because it began to unfold as a positive experience but then changed course to become a negatively toned one. The article presents the details of the case and notes its principal theoretical implications.
Date: Autumn 1988
Creator: Irwin, Harvey J. & Bramwell, Barbara A.

Prophetic Visions in 1988: A Critical Reappraisal

Description: Paper reviewing the research into a specific aspect of near-death experiences (NDEs): the prophetic vision (PV). PVs are subjectively compelling flashforwards of planetary-wide cataclysms and eventual regeneration that sometimes occur during or in the immediate aftermath of an NDE.
Date: Autumn 1988
Creator: Ring, Kenneth

Rationale and Considerations for Proposed Near-Death Research in the Hospital Setting

Description: Abstract: Further research into the question of veridical perception during the "naturalistic" near-death out-of-body experience (nND OBE), that phase of the near-death experience in which the experiencer seems to be perceiving a normal earthly realm, would be of value to NDErs, their caregivers, and humanity in general. I propose a research procedure that targets visual perception during nND OBEs that occur in the hospital setting. I discuss unresolved issues in the design and implementation of such a procedure, and identify further areas of research.
Date: Autumn 1988
Creator: Holden, Janice Miner


Description: Abstract: Near-death experiences (NDEs) can be seen as special cases of psychological transition. They often involve a deep transformation in the sense of self. I examine the NDE as such, according to my phase theory of transition, and I analyze an NDE with the help of that theory. I conclude that the study of NDEs may provide insight into the general psychology of transition.
Date: Autumn 1988
Creator: Tien, Stephen Slade