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DocumentFinal report - Development and implementation of a comprehensive survey of secular American mediums2017

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-2014
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2014 Grants
Start date: 2015-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-372
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
372 - Development and implementation of a comprehensive survey of secular American mediums
Duration: 2015-07 - 2018-06
Researcher(s):
Julie Beischel, Chad Mosher, Mark Boccuzzi
Institution(s): Windbridge Institute, Tucson (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Progress report
Final report
Article
Language: eng
Author:
Beischel, J.
Secondary author(s):
Mosher, C., Bódizs, R.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Mediumship / Survey / Questionnaire / Computerized text analysis / Parapsychology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2014-372.01
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Final report - Development and implementation of a comprehensive survey of secular American mediums
Publication year: 2017
URL:
https://www.bial.com/imagem/Grant_37214.pdf
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
BACKGROUND:
Previous research with mediums can only be generalized to specific belief system- and geographically-associated populations. The subset of American mediums not associated with any formal organization and who hold no organized belief system are the majority in the US but their general demographics and other characteristics have not been specifically assessed.
AIMS:
This study aimed to gather novel data regarding demographic, cognitive, psychological, physiological, and phenomenological characteristics of self-identifying mediums in the US.
METHOD:
This study used established survey development and piloting methods to create novel web-based instruments and included quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods and computerized text analysis techniques. The survey used standard questionnaires and newly developed items. Data was collected from 1,068 non-mediums and 316 mediums.
RESULTS:
The medium and non-medium participants showed no significant differences in age, race, gender, education, or income. Mediums demonstrated statistically significantly higher psychological well-being, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, fantasy proneness, disease burden, childhood trauma, and environmental sensitivities. Roughly 97% of medium respondents reported being able to tell the difference between communication from the deceased and psychic information about the living. Quantitative differences in the two experiences included social and perceptual processes and insight. Qualitative analyses demonstrated that psychic information about the living comes from various sources including the deceased.
CONCLUSIONS:
Secular American mediums have unique psychological, personality, cognitive, and experiential characteristics; descriptions of mediumistic and psychic experiences are quantitatively different; the current language used to discuss mediumship does not accurately reflect the actual phenomenon; and pluralist methods can be used to study mediumship.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Beischel, J.
Secondary author(s):
Mosher, C., Boccuzzi, M.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
2
Indexed document:
No
Keywords: Medium / Survey / Quantitative / Qualitative / Computerized text analysis

Final report - Development and implementation of a comprehensive survey of secular American mediums

Final report - Development and implementation of a comprehensive survey of secular American mediums

DocumentNarratives of voice hearing and mental health2021

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-2016
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2016 Grants
Start date: 2017-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2016-039
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
039 - Considering voice hearing by psychic practitioners: A qualitative pluralistic investigation of mental health and well-being
Duration: 2017-05 - 2020-06
Researcher(s):
Craig Murray
Institution(s): Division of Health Research, Lancaster University (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Author: Murray, C.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Voice hearing / Qualitative / Psychics / Parapsychology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2016-039.05
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Narratives of voice hearing and mental health
Publication year: 2021
URL:
https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/157263/1/2021TomlinsonDclinPsy.pdf
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
This thesis focuses on the experience of voice hearing and effects on mental health and wellbeing. It is composed of two separate papers: a systematic literature review and an empirical paper.
Section one, the paper titled “Understanding indicators of clinical need and methods of reducing distress for children who hear voices: A Systematic Literature Review” aimed to establish the current research base which focuses specifically on the experience of voice hearing in children and the factors related to their current emotional health. The paper synthesised 13 quantitative studies. The majority of studies looked at different factors and two studies detailed interventions. The findings of the review suggest traumatic life events and cognitive appraisals may be important in the experience of distressing voice hearing.
However no firm conclusions could be drawn due to small sample sizes and the variable quality of the included articles. There was some indication of CBT strategies being useful in mitigating distress however more evidence is needed. More research taking a consistent approach needs to be conducted in this area to establish the factors that may make some children who hear voices more vulnerable to experiencing distress and how they can be supported to manage their experiences.
Section two, the empirical paper titled, “‘I have finally realised I’m not crazy’: A narrative analysis of mental health and mediumship’”, aimed to explore how unusual experiences develop over time and how these experiences come to be seen as mediumistic. A data set of 14 interviews with mediums originating from a qualitative, pluralistic project was re-analysed using narrative analysis to consider how mediums view their experiences in relation to their own mental health. Findings show that mediums’ early experiences were often traumatic and builds on previous research by demonstrating that attempts to fit in with social norms particularly around ‘healthy’ and ‘sane’ increases this trauma and distress. Participants sought out support from key figures, and validating responses were important for them to accept and establish their mediumistic identity.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Tomlinson, A.
Document type:
Doctoral thesis
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Tomlinson , A. (2021). Narratives of voice hearing and mental health (Doctoral thesis in Clinical Psychology Division of Health Research, Lancaster University, UK). Retrieved from https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/157263/1/2021TomlinsonDclinPsy.pdf
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Voice-hearing / Children / Review / Quantitative / Distress / Wellbeing / Mediums

Narratives of voice hearing and mental health

Narratives of voice hearing and mental health

DocumentCorrelating mediums’ accuracy with learning styles and sensory modality preferences2021

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-2018
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
2018 Grants
Start date: 2019-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-211
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
211 - Correlating accurate intuition with learning styles and sensory modality preferences
Duration: 2019-01 - 2021-10
Researcher(s):
Julie Beischel, Lisa Conboy
Institution(s): Windbridge Research Center, Tucson, Arizona (USA); Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Correspondence
Research Funding Agreement
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Beischel, J.
Secondary author(s):
Conboy, L.
Number of reproductions:
2
Keywords:
Mediumship / Accuracy / Learning style / Sensory modality / Parapsychology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2018-211.02
Location: BF-GMS
Title:
Correlating mediums’ accuracy with learning styles and sensory modality preferences
Publication year: 2021
URL:
http://www.tjics.org/index.php/TJICS/article/view/33/26
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
This study obtained novel data regarding mediums’ accuracy when reporting different types of information and the relationship of accuracy to mediums’ learning styles and sensory modality preferences (LS/SMPs). The medium participants in this study were 12 Windbridge Certified Research Mediums (WCRMs) who were previously screened and certified using published criteria; 11 females, 1 male; average age: 58.9 ± 2.4 years. The mediums’ accuracy scores when asked, under blinded conditions, specific questions about a deceased person (physical description, personality, hobbies, and cause of death) were compared. The means (± SE) of 21 accuracy scores for each of the four question types varied (physical description: 53.9% ± 5.2%; personality: 67.0% ± 7.1%; hobbies: 49.4% ± 5.5%; and cause of death: 41.3% ± 6.5%) but no differences requiring further statistical analysis existed. Accuracy scores were also compared to participant responses to the following LS/SMP questionnaires: the Index of Learning Styles© (ILS), the Barsch Learning Style Inventory (BLSI), and the Learning Channel Preference (LCP). Correlation analyses indicated no significant correlations between accuracy and LS/SMPs although moderate correlations between the different question types existed. Though this sample size was not large, it may be appropriate to conclude that none of the four types of information requested is more or less difficult to report during a mediumship reading than any other. This finding is consistent with mediums’ descriptions of their experiences as passive perceptions and of the deceased as autonomous entities. Further, individual characteristics categorized as LS/SMPs may not impact mediumistic abilities. In addition, the multi-modal nature of mediumship would suggest that individual sensory preferences are irrelevant to accuracy. Future research may wish to explore the relationship of LS/SMPs to the anomalous acquisition of information not regularly experienced as autonomous.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Beischel, J.
Secondary author(s):
Conboy, L.
Document type:
Article
Number of reproductions:
2
Reference:
Beischel, J., & Conboy, L. (2021). Correlating mediums’ accuracy with learning styles and sensory modality preferences. Threshold: Journal of Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies, 4(1), 1-20.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Mediumship / Accuracy / Learning style / Sensory modality preference / Quantitative

Correlating mediums’ accuracy with learning styles and sensory modality preferences

Correlating mediums’ accuracy with learning styles and sensory modality preferences