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Is There Life After Death? Fifty Years of Research at UVA

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Format
Online; Online Video; Video
Type
Filmed Lectures
Date
2017-02-22
Duration
1:02:00
Summary
Does some aspect of our personality survive bodily death? Long a philosophical and theological question, in the 20th century this became the subject of scientific research. Fifty years ago, in 1967, Ian Stevenson, then chair of UVA's Department of Psychiatry, created a research unit—now named the Division of Perceptual Studies—to study what, if anything, of the human personality survives after death. Dr. Stevenson's own research investigated hundreds of accounts of young children who claimed to recall past lives. In this Medical Center Hour, faculty from the Division of Perceptual Studies highlight the unit's work since its founding, including studies of purported past lives, near-death experiences, and mind-brain interactions in phenomena such as deep meditation, veridical out-of-body experiences, deathbed visions, apparent communication from deceased persons, altered states of consciousness, and terminal lucidity in persons with irreversible brain damage. As the division enters its second half-century, what are its research priorities and partnerships? History of the Health Sciences Lecture Co-presented with Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, UVA
Creator
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Moderator
Childress, Marcia Day
Speaker
Tucker, Jim B.
Greyson, Bruce
Kelly, Edward F.
Penberthy, J. Kim
Publisher
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Language
English
Collection
Medical Center Hour
Terms of Use
The speakers in this presentation have given the University of Virginia permission to make it freely accessible online for audiences to view for educational purposes only. To request permission to reproduce, republish, and/or repost this presentation please contact the Historical Collections and Services Department of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia.