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Changes in Spirituality as Reported By Death-Workshop Attendees

Description: This paper assesses the reliability of The Life, Death, and Transition Workshop conducted by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross with the Alexander Spirituality Change Survey. "Significant positive change in spirituality by attendees was reported and appeared to be sustained over time" (abstract).
Date: June 1982
Creator: Alexander, John B. & Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth
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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
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The Centrality of Near-Death Experiences in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism

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).
Date: December 1981
Creator: Becker, Carl B.
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The Failure of Saganomics: Why Birth Models Cannot Explain Near-Death Phenomena

Description: This article refutes Carl Sagan's theory that near-death experiences (NDEs) are recollections of birth experiences based on three major reasons including the inability of newborn babies to perceive experiences and that there are differences between births and NDEs.
Date: December 1982
Creator: Becker, Carl B.
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Views from Tibet: NDEs and the Book of the Dead

Description: Article discussing Tibetan perspectives on near-death experiences and comparing accounts from ancient times with those in modern reports.
Date: Spring 1985
Creator: Becker, Carl B.
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Are Out-of-Body Experiences Evidence for Survival?

Description: Article that seeks to define out-of-body experiences (OBEs) and argues that both theoretical and empirical reasons prove that OBEs cannot provide evidence for survival of death.
Date: December 1983
Creator: Blackmore, Susan
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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
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Parapsychological Reflections on Some Tunnel Experiences

Description: Partial Abstract: "This paper examines tunnel experiences, which have been discussed by Raymond Moody, Kenneth Ring, and Kevin Drab in the context of near-death experiences. It is argued that tunnel experiences, even when possibly triggered by psi cognition, are not always associated with near-death experiences or out-of-body experiences. A proposed definition of pseudo-hallucinations is adapted to possible psi-induced tunnel experiences." Six categories of tunnel experiences are outlined, a "transactional view of visual perception is accepted", and the hypothesis that the tunnel is a "subconsciously devised artifact for overcoming a spatial and/or temporal gap at the perceptual level" is proved true. This view is then compared with approaches from different writers on this topic. Additionally, a new solution for why tunnels are missing in cases of "clairvoyant travel" is given.
Date: December 1982
Creator: C.T.K. Chari
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Pathophysiology of Stress-Induced Limbic Lobe Dysfunction: A Hypothesis for NDEs

Description: This paper discusses the strong resemblance of near-death experiences (NDEs) to complex hallucinations associated with limbic lobe dysfunction. The paper presents the hypothesis that neurohormones with the capacity to influence hippocampal activity may also cause characteristics of NDE limbic lobe syndrome.
Date: June 1982
Creator: Carr, Daniel
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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
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Unresolved Problems in the Study of Near-Death Experiences: Some Suggestions for Research and Theory

Description: This paper means to progress the research of near-death experiences (NDEs) by analyzing potential methodology and addressing assumptions. It also analyzes different kinds of NDEs and the limitations that restrict the deriving of strong conclusions from data. The author makes it clear that their own assumption leans towards the existence of NDEs as a cognitive phenomenon until further research can be conducted.
Date: July 1981
Creator: Drab, Kevin J.
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Death and the Primacy of Love in Works of Dickens, Hugo, and Wilder

Description: This paper compares the tendency of Charles Dickens, Thornton Wilder, and Victor Hugo who use near-death experiences (NDEs) to transform the experience of fictional characters. The fictional characters' experiences are similar to real positive experiences of people who go through NDEs.
Date: Autumn 1984
Creator: Flynn, Charles P.
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Meanings and Implications of NDEr Transformations: Some Preliminary Findings and Implications

Description: This paper discusses the positive implications of experiencing NDEs. "The available evidence shows, in decreasing order of saliency: greatly increased concern for others; lessened fear of death and increased belief in an afterlife; increased religious interest and feeling, both non-institutionalized and institutionalized; and lessened desires for material success and approval of others" (abstract). "NDErs might be harbingers of a more humane future" (abstract).
Date: June 1982
Creator: Flynn, Charles P.
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Over Easy: A Cultural Anthropologist's Near-Death Experience

Description: The author details a near-death experience which has caused him to find a new reality "replete with symbolic meanings that altered his view of life, death, and their intermediate cultural patterns." After his near-death experience (NDE), he faced NDE visions while unconscious and partially paralyzed for weeks, encountering "radiant knowledge and total love" and feeling no need to eat, drink or sleep. His visions have caused him to "abandon many typical cultural patterns." He replaces these patterns with "the recognition of the eternity granted by adherence to the present moment and of the remarkable worth and interest of everyone he encounters."
Date: December 1982
Creator: Gallagher, Patrick
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Near-Death Experiences in a Southern California Population

Description: This paper discusses "41 persons who were near death or clinically dead as the result of an accident, illness, or suicide attempt are presented. Respondents reported a total of 50 near-death experiences (NDEs) of which 33 were rated (using K. Ring's Weighted Core Experience Index) as having been deep, 10 as moderate, and 7 as non-experiences" (abstract).
Date: June 1983
Creator: Green, J. Timothy
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Multiple Mind/Body Perspectives and the Out-of-Body Experience

Description: "This study reviews and analyzes evidence for a rare but persistently reported facet of out-of-body experience (OBE)/near-death experience (NDE) phenomenology designated the "multiple-body/split-consciousness" effect. Those who experience this effect describe the sensation of possessing and in some instances simultaneously occupying a multiple number of "bodies" at varying locations, sometimes in conjunction with the sense of being disembodied" (abstract). The paper also analyzes this phenomenon from a neurological perspective and the mathematical branch called topology.
Date: June 1983
Creator: Greene, F. Gordon
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Near-Death Studies, 1981-82: A Review

Description: Abstract: Near-death studies published in major scientific journals during 1981-82 are grouped by subject matter and briefly reviewed.
Date: December 1982
Creator: Greyson, Bruce
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Toward a Psychological Explanation of Near-Death Experiences: A Response to Dr. Grosso's Paper

Description: From introduction: "Michael Grosso, in his elegant review of various hypotheses intended to explain near-death experiences as reductionistic and unable to account adequately for the NDE. The present paper is a restatement of the case for psychological interpretations of the NDE; it is intended to forestall the premature rejection of psychodynamic approaches to the study of NDEs."
Date: December 1981
Creator: Greyson, Bruce
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Jung, Parapsychology, and the Near-Death Experience: Toward a Transpersonal Paradigm

Description: This paper discusses near-death experiences (NDEs) under the framework of the Jungian theory of archetypes. "NDEs are looked at as evidence for the activation of a unique archetype associated with rebirth experience, designated the archetype of death and enlightenment (ADE). The general function of the ADE is outlined, and evidence for the psychic manifestations of it is reviewed" (abstract).
Date: June 1983
Creator: Grosso, Michael
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Self, Eternity, and the Mysteries: A Speculative Response to Kenneth Ring's Paper

Description: "This response to a paper by Kenneth Ring (1984) deals with three issues of broad philosophical import: (1) near-death experiences (NDEs) and the expanded sense of self-identity; (2) the distinction between postmortem survival and the experience of premortem eternity; and (3) the relation between NDEs and the idea of mystery cults, ancient and modern" (abstract).
Date: Autumn 1984
Creator: Grosso, Michael
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Toward an Explanation of Near-Death Phenomena

Description: This paper discusses different kinds of near-death experiences (NDEs) and the conditions that general elicit them. Their nature is elaborated upon, as well as their effects on the people that experience them.
Date: July 1981
Creator: Grosso, Michael
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