Over the last 50 years of active research, the UVA DOPS faculty have collected 2500 cases, most of which have been found outside of the United states. Members of the research staff at the Division of Perceptual Studies have published numerous articles and books about these cases. Of these 2500 cases, over 2300 have been coded and entered into our SPSS data base to date. During most summers for the past 15 years, first year UVA medical students research interns, assist us in coding the field notes on 200 variables. They develop research projects based on access to the original research files. These research interns apply various statistical analyses to look into the accumulated data thus far, for patterns and trends.
Publications about the research being done at DOPS into memories of previous lives:
We invite you to view a list of books on reincarnation written by our research faculty. The list includes books written by our director, Dr. Jim Tucker, as well as the long list of books authored by our esteemed founder, Dr. Ian Stevenson. Among the many ground breaking books by Dr. Stevenson is
Early in his field research, Stevenson realized that he was learning about far too many cases to thoroughly investigate all. He chose to concentrate on a few cases and to collect basic data on as many others as possible in order to search for common patterns. In 1986, he compared features of cases from the Igbo of Nigeria to cases from nine other countries or tribal societies, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Lebanon, Turkey, the United States (nontribal cases), the Tlingit of Alaska, and the Haida of Alaska and British Columbia.1 In 1994, Antonia Mills contributed data from three other first nations in British Columbia, the Gitxsan, Beaver, and Witsuwit’en.2 That same year, Richard Slobodin supplied data for the Kutchin (Gwitchen) of the Canadian Northwest Territories.3 We also have figures on some variables for Brazil.4
In addition to these feature comparisons, studies have been made of the correlates of violent death in the previous life,5 memories of the intermission between lives,6 and of the age of the subject in relation to whether or not the initial past-life memories were cued.7 Jim B Tucker introduced a scale that assessed the strength of cases and validated it on a cross-cultural sample.8 Emily Cook et al compared cases in which the previous person was identified (‘solved cases’) to cases in which a satisfactory identification was impossible (‘unsolved cases’).9 James Matlock used samples of published cases to examine cases of reincarnation across national boundaries (‘international cases’) and cases in which the previous persons took their own lives (‘suicide cases’).10
Some young children, usually between the ages of 2 and 5, speak about memories of a previous life they claim to have lived. At the same time they often show behaviors, such as phobias or preferences, that are unusual within the context of their particular family and cannot be explained by any current life events. These memories appear to be concordant with the child’s statements about a previous life. In many cases of this type, the child’s statements have been shown to correspond accurately to facts in the life and death of a deceased person. Some of the children have birthmarks and birth defects that correspond to wounds or other marks on the deceased person whose life is being remembered by the child. In numerous cases postmortem reports have confirmed these correspondences. Older children may retain these apparent memories, but generally they seem to fade around the age of 7 . The young subjects of these cases have been found all over the world including Europe and North America.
Ian Stevenson (1918-2007) was a psychiatrist who worked for the University of Virginia School of Medicine for 50 years. He was Chair of the Department of Psychiatry from 1957 to 1967, the Carlson Professor of Psychiatry from 1967 to 2001, and a Research Professor of Psychiatry from 2002 until his death. He was also the founder and Director of the University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies investigating parapsychological phenomena such as (1) reincarnation, (2) near-death experiences, (3)out-of-body experiences, (4) after-death communications, (5) deathbed visions, (6)altered states of consciousness and psi. He became internationally recognized for his research into reincarnation by discovering evidence suggesting that memories and physical injuries can be transferred from one lifetime to another. He traveled extensively over a period of 40 years, investigating 3,000 cases of children around the world who recalled having past lives. His meticulous research presented evidence that such children had unusual abilities, illnesses, phobias and philias which could not be explained by the environment or heredity.
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Did you know that many people have spontaneous memories of their lives before birth, and of coming into the womb? Elizabeth and Neil Carman didn’t know that either, until they began meeting such people. Join them as they tell Whitley Strieber the wonderful story of before-life memory, and describe some cases with surprising validation. For example, there are people who have accurately described where their parents were during the moment of conception.
Others, like Whitley Strieber, have memories of entering the womb, and in the second half of the show, he asks the Carmans about what such memories may mean, and whether or not those who don’t have them could recover them.
This interview with two deeply spiritual and yet rigorous researchers opens a door into an almost unknown aspect of human experience: memories of the mysterious world from which we came.
Reincarnation researcher Ian Stevenson investigated children who had verifiable memories of past lives. Stevenson interviewed everyone involved, the children, the current families, and surviving members of the families from the previous life. He found that these children remembered geography, faces, and names of people in locations they had never been to. Some children could converse in a foreign language they spoke in a past life. Some had birthmarks on their body where they had sustained injuries in the previous life.
- Three New Cases of Reincarnation Types in Sri Lanka With Written Records
- Birthmarks and Birth Defects Corresponding to Wounds on Deceased Persons
http://www.scientificexploration.org/journal/jse_07_4_stevenson.pdfMore links to on-line research articles by Ian Stevenson can be found in the chapter onRecommended Reading.Also see the following URL for a list of publications by Ian Stevenson
The evidence for reincarnation cannot be explained by inadvertent mediumship or other forms of psychic perception.
- Birthmarks are often located on the body at the same place injuries occurred in a previous life.
- Past life regression has been shown to have immense therapeutic value.
- During hypnotic regression, subjects recognize people they knew in past lives as incarnating again as people they recognize in their current life.
Many people who have had Near Death Experiences believe in reincarnation:
I was given the choice of remaining with the light, provided I return later to the physical world and experience all that brought me to the point of shooting myself, or I could return now and pick up my life where it was
All of my being wanted to stay there in bliss, but ever since I was six, I knew that reincarnation is the natural fact of life, and now, I had the knowingness that if I chose to stay, I would have to reincarnate to Earth again later.
Reincarnation is not a linear thing. One of the problems in defining it is that there is no analogy to it. It is outside of time, yet we can’t help but think of it in terms of the past and the future, and this incarnation. The whole story is so big and so involved.
Heaven, I undeniably saw that I had lived an innumerable amount of lives. Yet, what I saw went way beyond our comprehension of what we think reincarnation is. So, I am not exactly speaking of being born again and again on this planet alone.
Between lives, with the great knowledge of our oversouls, we choose the next life we are going to live and how much karma we are going to meet and settle. For example, if you abused animals, or people, in one life your oversoul would probably cause you to reincarnate into a situation where you’d get abused to make you realize the misery you’ve caused others.
Her paper was published in the Journal of Near-Death Studies in the fall of 1993. In her study, 70 percent of the group of near-death experiencers demonstrated belief in reincarnation. In contrast, a Gallup Poll found that only 23 percent of the general population endorse this belief.
“Jim Tucker is a worthy successor to Dr. Ian Stevenson. He approaches these fascinating cases of children who appear to remember previous lives with an intelligent curiosity, sober judgment, and a real knack for telling a story, which is a good thing, because these are great stories.” —TOM SHRODER, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author of Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives“These incredible cases are not simply solid grounds for accepting some form of reincarnation into our Western worldview. These are heart-rending, poignant reminders that many of us do not quite ‘fit’ into the cultural and religious worlds into which we are born. Obviously, we are more than these worlds. Way, way more.” —JEFFREY J. KRIPAL, author of Authors of the Impossible: The Sacred and the Paranormal “With Return to Life, Dr. Jim B. Tucker has driven a very large nail in the coffin of materialism. This is an important contribution to the growing body of evidence that consciousness survives the death of the brain and body. The fear of death and annihilation has caused more suffering in human history than all the physical diseases combined. This book is a powerful antidote to that dread.” —LARRY DOSSEY, MD, Author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Great Consciousness and Why It Matters
EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing 2016 Full Article Psychological Evaluation of American Children Who Report Memories of Previous LivesJim B. Tucker
Journal of Scientific Exploration 2014 Full Article Experimental Birthmarks: New Cases of an Asian PracticeJim B. Tucker
Journal of Scientific Exploration 2013 Full Article Response to “How To Improve the Study and Documentation of Cases of the Reincarnation Type? A Reappraisal of the Case of Kemal AtasoyJim B. Tucker
Journal of Scientific Exploration 2010 Full Article
Review by Dr. Jim B. Tucker of “Can the Mind Survive beyond Death? In Pursuit of Scientific EvidenceJim B. Tucker
Journal of Scientific Exploration 2010 Full Article Children’s Reports of Past-life Memories: A ReviewJim B. Tucker
EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing 2008 Full Article Ian Stevenson and Cases of The Reincarnation TypeJim B. Tucker
Journal of Scientific Exploration 2008 Full Article Children Who Claim to Remember Previous Lives: Past, Present, and Future ResearchJim B. Tucker
Journal of Scientific Exploration 2007 Full Article Some Bodily Malformations Attributed to Previous LivesSatwant Pasricha
Jim B. Tucker
Journal of Scientific Exploration 2005 Full Article Children of Myanmar Who Behave like Japanese Soldiers: A Possible Third Element in PersonalityIan Stevenson
Journal of Scientific Exploration 2005 Full