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DocumentFinal report - Contemplative development mapping project2017

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012
Location: SEC PCA
Title:
2012 Grants
Start date: 2013-02

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-256
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 25/2012
Title:
256- Contemplative development mapping project
Duration: 2013-07
Researcher(s):
Willoughby Britton, Catherine Kerr, Harold Roth, Jared Lindahl, Jake Davis, Chris Kaplan, Nathan Fisher
Institution(s): The Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, Brown University and Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University Medical School, Providence (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Correspondence
Language: eng
Notes:
This project is still in progress
Author: Britton, W.
Secondary author(s):
Kerr, C., Roth, H., Lindahl, J., Davis, J., Kaplan, C., Fisher, N.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Altered states of consciousness / Meditation / Spiritualism / Spiritual traditions/experiences / Assessment tools / Personality factors

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-256.01
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 25/2012
Title:
Final report - Contemplative development mapping project
Publication year: 2017
URL:
https://www.bial.com/imagem/Grant_25612.pdf
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
BACKGROUND
Meditation practices once limited to monks, nuns, and dedicated hermits have recently entered mainstream culture in Europe and the United States. The rise of Mindfulness-Based Interventions has led to meditation now being disseminated in health care and education and has been subject to scientific scrutiny. Despite the Buddhist roots of mindfulness, very little is known about the broad range of effects associated with meditation practices.
AIMS
To understand the range of meditation-related experiences associated with different types of Buddhist meditation practice, and in particular to identify experiences reported as challenging, difficult, distressing, functionally impairing, or otherwise in need of additional support.
METHOD
60 Buddhist meditation practitioners and 32 experts (Buddhist meditation teachers and clinicians) from the United States, Canada, and Europe were interviewed. The semi-structured interview queried 1) meditation-related challenges; 2) causal attributions and interpretations; and 3) risk factors and remedies for navigating meditation-related challenges. Interviews were transcribed and coded according to qualitative content analysis methodologies.
RESULTS
Qualitative coding yielded a taxonomy of 59 distinct experiences across seven domains of human experience: cognitive, perceptual, affective, conative, somatic, social, and sense of self. Because very few experiences were universally reported as negatively valenced, difficult, or impairing, a secondary analysis of “influencing factors” aimed to determine the variables that practitioners and teachers attributed as either causal risk factors for a meditation-related challenge or remedies that helped for the management or alleviation of such challenges. Qualitative coding yielded a taxonomy of 26 influencing factors: practitioner-level variables, practice-related variables; relationships; and health behaviors. A follow-up survey provided quantitative assessments of causality, impairment and other demographic and practice-related variables.
CONCLUSIONS
The practice of meditation can be associated with intense, transformative experiences that for some practitioners are associated with significant levels of distress and even functional impairment. This study has documented and classified the types of experiences that are reported as difficult and has also identified a number of variables that influence the nature, duration, and trajectory of a meditator’s contemplative development. In addition to the qualitative analysis, these data allow us to create hypotheses about why meditation would lead to these types of experiences and under what circumstances. This research also calls attention to the sociocultural dimensions of appraising and making meaning out of anomalous experiences. Finally, the taxonomy of experiences serves as the basis for the development of a validated questionnaire to be used in future meditation research to identify potential meditation-related adverse effects.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Britton, W.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
2
Indexed document:
No
Keywords: Meditation / Experiences / Challenges / Adverse effects

Document169 - Investigation of the phenomenology and impact of spontaneous and direct After-Death Communications (ADCs)2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2020 Grants
Start date: 2021-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2020-169
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
169 - Investigation of the phenomenology and impact of spontaneous and direct After-Death Communications (ADCs)
Duration: 2021-01
Researcher(s):
Callum Cooper
Institution(s): Research Centre for Psychology & Social Sciences, University of Northampton (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Language: eng
Notes:
Ongoing project
Author: Cooper, C.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
After-death / Bereavement / Experiences / Well-being / Parapsychology