Participate in IONS Research

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

Telephone Telepathy

Have you ever known who was calling before you saw the caller ID?
Help us learn about how this works!

Telephone Telepathy StudyMany people around the world have had this experience that is called Phone Telepathy. How does Phone Telepathy work? Does it matter if you are related to the person, or are emotionally close to them? Does your physical distance to them matter? What makes your ability to tell who is calling you more or less accurate? You can help us find out by participating in our Telephone Telepathy Research Study!

To be eligible for the study you need to:

  • Be an adult aged 18 years and older
  • Own a smartphone that you use for your phone calls
  • Speak English fluently
  • Have two family members who will participate with you in the experiment

All three participants must complete 12 trials (or calls), up to 2 a day for 7 days. Each trial will take less than one minute. Groups in this study will be compensated $80 for completing all 12 trials..


The study is being conducted by Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and is approved by the Institute of Noetic Science Institutional Review Board.

Noetic Signature

What’s Your Noetic SignatureTM?
Help us validate our new Noetic Signature Inventory!

At IONS, we propose that everyone can access information and energy from beyond our conventional notions of time and space. However, the way that people do that is unique to them. We call this the Noetic Signature. IONS has developed a Noetic Signature Inventory or NSI to help people learn more about their signature and research more about how it is expressed. Help us validate this questionnaire. 

To be eligible for the study, you need to be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Fluent in English
  • Someone who has experienced accessing information and energy from beyond our conventional notions of time and space. These experiences have many names like psi, psychic, channeling, intuition, extrasensory perception (ESP), or energy healing. These are just some examples. 

The study includes taking one 15-minute survey.


This study is being conducted by the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Dr. Helané Wahbeh is the Principal Investigator. IRB# WAHH_2019_01

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

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

Psigenes Genetic Data Study

Do psychic abilities have a genetic component?

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

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

Study activities will take about 30-40 minutes. Participants who complete all study activities will have the chance to enter a drawing to receive an iPad (current generation).

Learn More

Principal investigator Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR, IRB# WAHH_2016_02, 06/04/2020

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

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

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

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