Bruce Greyson, MD, is the Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and the division director of The Division of Perceptual Studies, at the University of Virginia. He is also a Professor of Psychiatric Medicine in the Department of Psychiatric Medicine, Division of Outpatient Psychiatry, at the University of Virginia. Dr. Greyson has been a member of the Parapsychological Association for the past thirty years. Over that time, his research has focused on near-death experiences. He wrote the overview of Near Death Experiences for the Encyclopedia Britannica and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Near-Death Studies (formerly Anabiosis) from 1982 through 2007.
One of the first researchers to gather empirical data on near-death experiences, using accepted scientific methods, Dr. Greyson has documented clear patterns in the long-term health of patients who have reported near-death phenomena. He has also written widely on therapeutic strategies for helping patients readjust to life after such occurrences, on paranormal features of NDEs and their after-effects, and on the implications of near-death experiences for the question of survival.
Greyson is co-author of Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007) and co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation (Praeger, 2009).
Bruce Greyson discusses how cumulative research into Near Death Experiences challenges both a classical physical view of reality, and an exclusively neuroscience-based view of consciousness.
Once regarded as meaningless hallucinations, near-death experiences (NDSs) have become the subject of serious study across a wide range of disciplines. Those who have had them are never the same -- and their experiences are remarkably similar.