University of Virginia, Division of Perceptual Studies
Thanks to a generous gift from a private donor, the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine now has a research specialist position dedicated primarily to research performed at the Monroe Institute. DOPS is a "university-based research group, exclusively devoted to the investigation of phenomena that challenge mainstream scientific paradigms regarding the nature of the mind/brain relationship."
Over the course of the last decade, DOPS researchers have worked with Monroe on psychokenesis (pk, mind over matter) studies at the MC Squared program and have welcomed talented Monroe program participants to the DOPS lab in Charlottesville for high-density EEG recordings in a pk study protocol. In addition, methods and technologies used at Monroe for consciousness expansion are a continuing interest for DOPS researchers. The DOPS/Monroe collaboration is focused on three areas: 1, a better understanding of the effects of audio stimuli on brain function; 2, the study of EEG changes during successful remote viewing or out-of-body experiences; and 3, physiological measurements of the "energy"; experienced during healing or energy perception events.
Data from the studies is collected at Monroe, and processed at DOPS. Our collaborative researcher, Nancy McLaughlin-Walter, has a desk and computers in both institutions, and has been busy crunching EEG data acquired during Discovery programs. In addition, Nancy is managing applications to the UVA
Institutional Review Board (IRB) for an EEG study of brain response to audio stimuli and a study of body electric fields as measured in the copper wall facility. With the UVA IRB seal of approval, options for publishing results are expanded, another advantage afforded by this exciting collaborative effort.