Founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson, the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) is the oldest and most productive university-based research group in the world devoted exclusively to the investigation of phenomena that challenge current physicalist brain/mind orthodoxy – including investigation of phenomena directly suggestive of post-mortem survival of consciousness.

Through its research, DOPS strives to challenge this entrenched mainstream view by rigorously evaluating empirical evidence suggesting that consciousness survives death and that mind and brain are distinct and separable.

As we expand our leading edge research, we believe mainstream academia will become more accepting of survival and psi and that mainstream science will enlarge to take on new challenges in studying the nature of consciousness and its interaction with the physical world.

Simply put, our goal is to expand the current paradigm, because we believe that recognition of consciousness as something greater than a physically produced phenomenon is both more optimistic and more accurate than the prevailing materialist worldview.

We invite you to visit our YouTube Channel to view a collection of selected videos of the researchers delivering informative and engaging lectures about the research being conducted at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies.