Saturday, December 02, 2006

Parapsychology Research Centers

Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit
The unit is based at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is part of the Department of Psychology. The research unit was set up by Professor Chris French in 2000. The unit, headed by Professor French, provides a focus for research activity in the area of anomalistic psychology.

Anomalous Experiences Research Unit
The AERU was established at the University of York in the summer of 2006 to research into the contexts, characteristics and consequences of experiences which suggest anomalous psychological processes and agencies, and exceptional states of consciousness. Although based in the Department of Sociology, the Unit seeks to develop interdisciplinary social science research on anomalous experiences.

ASC Consortium
Based in the University of Giessen (Germany), the ASC comprises various psychophysiological workgroups, each addressing different areas of research into altered states of consciousness (ASCs). The central idea is the development of a psychophysiological model of ASCs, encompassing both general aspects and specific features of these states, and also the changes that result from different induction methods.

Boundary Institute
The Boundary Institue is a nonprofit scientific research organization dedicated to the advancement of 21st Century science. They are currently pursuing two major research themes, one concerning the foundations of physics, the other the foundations of mathematics and computer science. The Boundary Institute is based in Saratoga, California.

Center for Consciousness Studies
The center, part of the University of Arizona, promotes open, rigorous discussion of all phenomena related to conscious experience. They also hold the biannual Tucson consciousness conferences.

Center for Frontier Sciences
The Center for Frontier Sciences at Temple University is an open forum that networks information on the frontier issues of science, medicine and technology. The Center is dedicated to the open and unbiased examination of any theories, hypotheses, and models that challenge prevailing scientific views using sound scientific methods and reasoning. It does not promote or endorse particular positions, but encourages critical review and healthy skepticism.

Center for Functional Research

The center is a scientific and educational nonprofit organisation. Its central theme is that "there is specific life energy in the cosmos and in the atmosphere, and that this energy is closely coupled with consciousness."

Center for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology (CERCAP)

Located within the psychology department at Lund University, Sweden, this unit consists of a group of researchers and associates dedicated to the scientific study of unusual but not pathological experiences and events, including reputed paprapsychological phenomena.

Centre for Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes
Part of the Psychology Division at University College Northampton, UK.

Cognitive Sciences Laboratory
CSL aims to use the tools of modern behavioral, physiological, and physical sciences to determine which parapsychological phenomena can be validated under strict laboratory conditions and to understand their mechanisms. It also examines the degree to which they might contribute to practical applications. In the past, the center has been sponsored by the US government (e.g. the STAR GATE program).

Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology Unit
The unit is part of the School of Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University in England. Their work ranges over a broad range of challenges focusing on the nature of consciousness and the psychology of spiritual development.

Division of Perceptual Studies
Formerly called the Division of Personality Studies, the Division of Perceptual Studies is a unit of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia. Utilizing scientific methods, they investigate apparent paranormal phenomena, especially: children who claim to remember previous lives, near death experiences, out of body experiences, apparitions, and deathbed visions.

Institute for Transpersonal Psychology
The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology is a private, non-sectarian graduate school "probing the mind, body, spirit connection." PA member Dr. Charles Tart is on their faculty.

Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene
The Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene (IGPP) at Freiburg, Germany, is a non-profit organization engaged in interdisciplinary research concerning anomalous phenomena (extrasensory perception, altered states of consciousness, psychokinesis, etc.).In addition, IGPP offers information and counseling services for people with extraordinary experiences and entertains a special library and a research archive for parapsychology and border areas of psychology.

Institute of Noetic Sciences
The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a nonprofit membership organization located in Northern California that conducts and sponsors leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of consciousness—including perceptions, beliefs, attention, intention, and intuition. The institute explores phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models, while maintaining a commitment to scientific rigor.

International Consciousness Research Laboratories
International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) is an interdisciplinary consortium of scholars from many nations who share a commitment to collaborative exploration and representation of the role of consciousness in physical reality, through research, education, and beneficial practical applications.
International Society of Life Information Science
Formerly the Bio-Emission Lab, the International Society of Life Information Science (ISLIS) is part of the Division of Radiation Research at the Japanese National Institute of Radiological Sciences. The Bio-Emission group studies anomalous somatic functions, including the idea of Qi energy. ISLIS is based in Chiba-shi, Japan

Koestler Parapsychology Unit
The unit is part of the Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. It consists of a group of academic staff and postgraduate students with an active interest in parapsychology. The KPU takes a broad approach to parapsychology and includes psychological, historical, philosophical and other disciplinary perspectives, regarding parapsychology as an interdisciplinary problem area.

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute
The institute focuses on several areas, but the psychopharmacology section includes research on deja vu and anomalous experience. They are based in Seattle, Washington.

Perrott-Warrick Research Unit
Part of the Psychology Department of the University of Hertfordshire, the unit carries out research into several topics including the psychology of the paranormal, lying and deception, intuition and false memory syndrome.

Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research
The PEAR program was established at Princeton University to pursue rigorous scientific study of the interaction of human consciousness with sensitive physical devices, systems, and processes common to contemporary engineering practice. The researchers conduct experiments and develop theoretical models that they hope will enable better understanding of the role of consciousness in the establishment of physical reality.

Rhine Research Center
Successor to the Duke University Parapsychology Laboratory, the center aims to improve the human condition by creating a scientific understanding of those abilities and sensitivities that appear to transcend the ordinary limits of space and time and by communicating that understanding in cogent and responsible ways. They host a summer study program, and publish the Journal of Parapsychology.
The Rhine Research Center is based in Durham, North Carolina.
Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center
Offers graduate degrees with specialization in consciousness and spirituality or transpersonal psychology. They have PA members Dr. Stanley Krippner and Dr. Dean Radin on their faculty. Saybrook is based in San Francisco, California.

Three Circles Research
Based in the UK, Three Circles Research is an organization committed to the scientific investigation of PSI phenomena through experimentation, both in the laboratory and the field.


Kev. said...

Thank you for the list!

I knew about a lot of these, but there are some in there that are new to me as well.

I suspect I'll be perusing these in the near future

Psychewallah said...

Nice list--lots to look at as soon as I get a free moment. Alas, the PEAR Lab is closing down... :-(

Anonymous said...

Very useful list. Thanks a lot
for compiling and posting it.