The SOPHIA Project is being conducted under the direction of Gary E. Schwartz, PhD in the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health of the University of Arizona.
The first study in this project is the Entity Communications Study.
Background and Rationale
Numerous individuals in various cultures throughout history have reported an ability to communicate with non-human entities, deceased people, and other-worldly beings. Over the past few years, an increase in the reporting of these types of experiences has been seen in popular American culture including books, websites, and television shows. The rational scientific investigation of this topic is necessary to either validate the experiences or elucidate the psychological mechanisms behind these phenomena. This study is intended to investigate this controversial topic in a thorough and objective manner.
Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of this study is to investigate the experiences of people who claim to channel or communicate with Deceased People, Spirit Guides, Angels, Other-Worldly Entities / Extraterrestrials, and / or a Universal Intelligence / God. The ultimate objective is to investigate if these communications can be validated under controlled conditions.
This study will be conducted in two phases:
- Phase I: Experiential Review / Personality Baseline
- Phase II: Verification