Wednesday, 8 October 2014

OBE Questionaire

Request for Research Participation
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(The use of Questionaires, and indeed, Ad Hoc questioning would play a central role in the development of Multi-Dimensional Science. See Blog Link RS )

Have you had an Out-of-Body Experience (OBE)?

If you have had one or more OBEs then we are interested in hearing about your experience(s) for our research.To acheive this, we have designed an online questionnaire which will ask a series of questions about your OBE.

What is the questionnaire about?

The aim of this research is to develop an OBE screening scale which will be able to more precisely identify whether someone has had an OBE. At present no such tool exists for OBEs. Our research is not testing your experience in relation to psychological variables as is commonly done in OBE research, but instead explores the content of the experience itself to better understand it and distinguish it from other experiences. To do this we would like your help by asking you if you would fill in an online questionnaire anonymously about the individual aspects of one of your OBEs. Your inclusion of this experience is important as it will contribute to the validation of this scale.
If you want to find out more about the project, please visit the project home page here.

Who is funding and running the study?

This research is being funded by the Bial Foundation and is being hosted by Nottingham Trent University (NTU). The project leader is Dr David Wilde, a lecturer at NTU. Dr Wilde is being assisted by the project researcher, Mr Andrew Hodrien. Contact details for both can be found on the study information sheet, which can be read if you decide to take part, or for initial enquiries see Andrew Hodrien’s contact email at the bottom of this page.

Who can take part?

The survey includes full information on the study to enable you to decide whether or not to participate and offers a general definition of the OBE. The inclusion criteria for this study (aside from your experience fitting our definition) is that:
  • You have no known organic condition which causes you to be prone to visual hallucinations;
  • You are able to provide informed consent;
  • You are over 18 years old;
  • You are able to provide a short written account of your OBE in English;
  • You are able to recall all of the OBE you wish to tell us about (i.e. not just give a partial account of it).
You do not need to note this down but please only participate if you can agree with these criteria.
PLEASE NOTE: If you filled in the earlier version of this survey (it ran between mid-June and mid-August 2014) you can still take part in this survey. When taking part, though, please use the same unique identifier that you used before. You can tell us about the same OBE(s) as you did before and/or choose to tell us about a different OBE you have had.

How Can I Help?

You can help us by completing our survey. It can be accessed either by clicking on the link below or by copying and pasting this address into your Web browser:
The closing date of the survey is: 9th November, 2014 at 23:50 (GMT)
If you wish to withdraw your data you can do at any time up until the closing date. Instructions about how to do this are in the study information sheet included in the survey.
If you wish to find out more about the survey, or wish to take part and have any queries, please contact us by emailing the project researcher:

Best wishes and thank you for taking an interest in our research

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The above research is funded by the Bial Foundation. The following comes from their website.

A reference in the support of Research

The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of the human being from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.

Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.

Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.

The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.

To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-six countries. The research funded by the BIAL Foundation in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology between 1994 and 2014 resulted in the publication of a total 671 articles and abstracts in indexed journals, 471 of which in journals with an average impact factor of 3.2. In March 2014 there was a substantial number of citations (4566), with 62 publications cited more than 20 times.

The changes in the profile of number of publications in indexed journals were presented by Guedes, Júdice, Marinho and Topa at the 10th Symposium of the BIAL Foundation that took place in Porto between the 26th and the 29th of March and can be accessed at the following link. In addition, the Foundation funded the building of a database Athena/Bial that can be searched by the scientific community and by the general public

Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.

Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.

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