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To further our scientific research, we often invite individuals like you to participate in our research and experiments.

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Want to help us develop ethical standards for mediumship?

Are you a professional medium or trance channeler who provides readings for clients? IONS is working on developing a code of ethics for English-speaking mediums and trance channelers and would like your input.

Who can participate?

  • Professional mediums and trance channelers fluent in English
  • Those with internet access

Study activities:

  • The research study involves a series of online surveys 
  • Each survey takes approximately 5-30 minutes to complete 
  • Surveys will be spread out by a period of weeks or months
  • Surveys inquire about:
    • Personal questions regarding working as a medium/trance channeler 
    • Ethical standards adherence 
    • Elements related to ethical standards development for mediumship/trance channeling field 
  • Lastly, participants provide feedback on a draft code of ethics for the mediumship/trance channeling field

You will receive the group results after the study is complete. Individual results will not be analyzed or disseminated, and reports will not include any identifying information.


This study is being conducted by the Institute of Noetic Sciences and all study activities are overseen by an Institutional Review Board (IORG#0003743). The Principal Investigator of the study is Helané Wahbeh, ND

Picture Dataset Rating Study

IONS, in collaboration with Damon Abraham PhD, is developing an open-source database of images for use in Remote Viewing research and applications and parapsychological and traditional psychological research. To develop the database, we collect individuals’ ratings of visual images along 6 dimensions of experience.

In this task, you will be asked to complete an online survey that involves viewing photographic images and making several ratings for each. The task will be conducted online and should take about an hour to complete, but feel free to take as much time as you need. By following the link below, you will be directed to an online consent form. After providing your consent, you will be given a brief survey of your demographic information and will watch the instructional video. Following the instructions, you will be automatically directed to the study, where you will rate the images.

We ask that you please pay careful attention to the instructional video. Finally, we ask that you please read each question carefully and make your ratings to the best of your ability without relying too much on your prior experience (if any) with Remote Viewing or other similar activities.


If you have questions, please feel free to get in touch with Dr. Abraham at

Brain Imaging Correlates of Reported Psychic Abilities

The purpose of this study is to learn whether reported psychic abilities are associated with brain structure. If you are age 13 or above and have received a brain MRI scan, you may be able to participate. The study involves:

  1. Completing an online survey asking about questions related to personality traits, psychic ability, and mental health.
  2. Uploading the files of your brain scan from your computer, CD/USB , or patient portal

Study activities will take about 5-10 minutes. Participants who complete all study activities can explore a 3D model of their brain online.

Click here to create a secure account and participate in the study

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The study is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Spiro Pantazatos at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI IRB #7644).

Noetic EXperiences Archive (NEXA)

Have you ever had a spiritual or transcendent experience? It might be noetic.

Noetic EXperiences Archive (NEXA)In a noetic experience, someone receives information or energy from beyond the conventional notions of space and time. An experience of oneness or peace, a message from a deceased relative, a mind-to-mind communication with another person — these are all noetic experiences.

At IONS, we are seeking to better understand these relatively common occurrences.

Want to help? We are collecting these experiences in the Noetic EXperiences Archive (NEXA).

To participate, you must be 18 years of age or older, able to read and write in English, and to fully understand and consent to the study activities. No compensation.


Principal investigator Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR, IRB# WAHH_2021_02, 04/12/2021

Got Psi?

Got Psi?Many people have had precognitive dreams or successful intuitive hunches and ask themselves: Do I have psychic or psi abilities?

GotPsi is a simple way to explore these abilities through a suite of psi tests based on techniques similar to those used in more formal laboratory experiments. The tests are fun (and valid) and you’ll get immediate feedback about your performance. There are also various “Halls of Fame” where you can compare your performance with others.

Click to Explore Your Psi Abilities

Principal investigator Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR, study IRB# WAH_2018_05, 03/01/2021

Studies by IONS Fellows

Projects by IONS Fellow Rupert Sheldrake, PhD*

Joint Attention TestThe Joint Attention Test

Can you tell when someone is looking at the same photo you are?

Joint attention is the shared focus of two or more individuals on the same object. Detecting the direction of another person’s gaze plays a major role in establishing joint attention. The purpose of this research is to find out if joint attention involves a kind of mental resonance that can be felt by people looking at the same thing, even if they are many miles apart.

This experiment requires two people and takes less than five minutes to complete. One of you registers a group name, then you both log in at a prearranged time. In each of 12 trials you’ll be randomly shown either the same picture or different ones. After 10 seconds, you’ll be asked “Was your partner looking at the same picture?” In half the trials you’ll do the guessing while your partner concentrates on the image, then in the second half you’ll reverse roles.

Take the Joint Attention Test

Waking Before Alarm Clocks Go Off

Have you ever woken just before your alarm clock goes off? What about waking before unscheduled disturbances?

IONS Fellow, Rupert Sheldrake, is conducting exciting new research around this common but mysterious phenomenon, which may be a form of pre-sentiment precognition. He is interested in hearing from those who have had experiences of waking just before unexpected alarms, such as fire alarms, or any other unscheduled disturbance. Watch a brief (4 min) video about the experiment and learn how you can participate by sharing your own experiences.

Watch Video

*Please note that these projects are not being overseen by a research ethics committee.


Projects by IONS Fellow Peter Bancel


The Psi@Home project connects volunteers from around the world with researchers investigating psi – those familiar, yet furtive, experiences such as premonitions and synchronicities that defy scientific explanation to this day. Research studies of psi effects are often carried out in laboratory settings with volunteer subjects. However, the necessity of traveling to the lab limits who can participate. The Psi@Home project uses a downloadable app that allows people to participate in psi experiments in their own home, at any location, and at any time.

Psi@Home is currently seeking volunteers for several distinct cohorts. If you would like to learn more about becoming a cohort member, further information is available at this website. We hope you will consider participating. Participation is easy and fun. It’s also a way that you can help researchers broaden the horizons of science.

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