Physical Mediumship Research: Beyond the Taboo

June 3, 2022 11:00 am - 12:15 pm (PDT)

ConnectIONS Live!

IONS prides itself on pushing the edges of frontier science of consciousness. This includes topics that many would consider taboo such as telepathy, remote viewing, psychokinesis, mediumship, and trance channeling. This Friday’s ConnectIONS Live delves into the fringe of the fringe of taboo topics: Physical Mediumship.

Physical Mediumship Research: Beyond the Taboo
Friday, June 3rd
11am-12:15pm PDT


Please register even if you can’t attend live and you’ll receive an email with a link to the recording.

Physical mediumship refers to special type of mediumship that results in apparent physical manifestations such as lights, full or partial materializations, dematerialization, and direct voice phenomena. Historically, physical mediumship received great attention from parapsychology researchers in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, but minimal rigorous research occurred in the last 50 years.

Thanks to the generous support of the Marco Project Endowment Fund, IONS hosted a workgroup on physical mediumship with experts from around the world. The group discussed the state of the science and developed a research program to revitalize this often sidelined research topic. Join IONS Director of Research, Dr. Helané Wahbeh, and her two panelists, Debra Lynn Katz and Ramsés D’León, as they discuss physical mediumship, the results of the workgroup, and their vision for the future of physical mediumship research.


Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCRHelané Wahbeh, ND, MCR, is the Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of California Berkeley in Anthropology and Pre-Medicine. She obtained her clinical doctorate at the National University of Natural Medicine. She obtained her Master of Clinical Research from Oregon Health & Science University where she has been on faculty in the department of neurology since 2006. She also completed two post-doctoral research fellowships.


Debra Lynne KatzDebra Lynne Katz has a Ph.D. in Psychology and holds a Masters’s Degree in Social Work. She has been deeply involved in conducting formal experimental research in remote viewing. She is currently the President of the International Remote Viewing Association and co-director of the IRVA research unit, International School of Clairvoyance (, and a member of several parapsychological organizations as well. She has authored books, including Associative Remote Viewing: The Art & Science of Predicting Outcomes for sports, financials, elections, and the lottery” (2021); “The Complete Clairvoyant; A Trilogy” (2020); “You Are Psychic: The Art of Clairvoyant Reading and Healing” (2004); “Extraordinary Psychic: Proven Techniques to Master Your Natural Abilities” (2009); and “Freeing the Genie Within” (2009). Debra is an accomplished remote viewer and clairvoyant practitioner herself (with mental mediumship being an important aspect but not the main focus to date) and an eternal student of the intuitive and healing arts. She’s a former Federal Probation Officer, legal victims advocate, and TV show host.

Ramsés D'LeónRamsés D’León is a researcher and educator in the field of Parapsychology. His principal interests are in the area are psychokinesis and physiological anticipation. He is also engaged in reaching the field to students and researchers in other disciplines. He is certified by the Parapsychology Foundation in “Parapsychology and Anomalistic Psychology: Research and Education.” He is the Office Manager and Mexico’s International Liaison of the Parapsychological Association and organizes is Psi Agora, at its monthly member’s only event. He is also the recipient of the Parapsychological Foundation “Lisette Coly Award” and was featured as “Next Generation” researcher in the Mindfield Bulletin.





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