Participate in IONS Research

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

What Survives Death?

Much attention has been paid to the question “Is there life after death?” in the media and with research studies, especially in regards to whether people believe it or not. But we rarely ask “What part of us (if any) survives our physical death?” Personality, memories, soul, nothing, or something else?

The purpose of this study is to learn people’s beliefs about what part of us, if any, survives physical death.

Study activities include completing a 5-7 minute anonymous online survey.

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Do psychic abilities have a genetic component?

Help us find out!

If you are a healthy adult and have access to your genetic data through a direct-to-consumer company like 23andMe or, you may be able to participate. The purpose of this study is to learn whether reported psychic abilities are associated with specific genes or genetic networks.

  1. Completing an online survey asking about questions related to psychic ability. It should take about 20 minutes.
  2. Attaching a file with the genetic raw data you received from the direct-to-consumer company.

All study activities will take about 30 minutes.

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What Is Your Noetic Signature?

Noetic SignatureThere are lots of words to describe it… clairvoyance, telepathy, psychokinesis, precognition, psi, psychic, channeling, extended human capacities, anomalous information reception… the list goes on and on. And not many people feel comfortable talking about it. Help us learn more about how people experience the phenomenon that we describe as accessing and/or expressing information and energy not limited by space and time. We are conducting a study to learn more about the diversity of these experiences.

To be eligible for the study you need to be:

  • An English speaking adult aged 18 years or older.
  • Have had an experience of accessing and/or expressing information or energy not limited by space and time.

The study includes answering four open-ended questions about your experience. We anticipate the survey to take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Tell Us Your Story

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

Studies by IONS Fellows

Research 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.

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Telephone TelepathyTelephone Telepathy

Many people have had the experience of thinking about a particular person, for no apparent reason, and then the phone rings and that person is on the line. Generally such calls are from familiar people like close friends and family members. These seemingly telepathic experiences with telephones are very common.

Dr. Sheldrake has developed a simple, easy to use, automated test that works on cell phones in the US, Canada, the UK, and Italy. It is free and can be done at any time. You register online here, giving the names and numbers of two people you know well, who will be your callers in this test. The registration link gives full instructions and details.

You will receive your score at the end of each test, which involves six short calls randomly spread out over about one hour.

Dr. Sheldrake is keen to know if people can get better with practice. Also, does it work better after you have been meditating? Or after other practices that help you increase your intuition? Do please have a go at the test, and see if you can find ways of improving your score. If you can do this, please send Dr. Sheldrake an email describing how you did it.

Test Your Telepathy

Research Project by IONS Fellow Julia Mossbridge, PhD

Women's Premonition Research

Women’s Intuition: Is It Really a “Thing?”

Dr. Mossbridge is conducting a research study to determine if reproductive hormones have complex effects on precognition. Her preliminary research suggests there may be a link, but she needs more data to determine whether this is correct.

If you or someone you know is a young woman between 18 and 35 (inclusive) who is interested in participating in psi research and has 15 minutes to fill out a questionnaire, download the Psi3 smartphone application onto your iPhone (must have an iPhone), and play the “Hidden Gurus” prediction game at least five times in a row (it’s fast). If you or someone you know fits this profile, please click the button below to learn more about this study.

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