55th Annual Convention
of the Parapsychological Association
2800 Campus Walk Avenue
Durham, North Carolina
August 9-12, 2012
Program Chair: Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D.
Arrangements Chair: Nancy L. Zingrone, Ph.D.
Local Hosts: Rhine Research Center and Atlantic University
Abstracts of Presented Papers
The principal international scientific organization studying parapsychology and the nature of consciousness, the Parapsychological Association (PA), will be holding its 55th annual convention on August 9-12, 2012 at the Millennium Hotel in Durham, North Carolina. Leading scientists and other academics from around the world will gather to present the latest parapsychological research into psi and related phenomena, such as extra-sensory perception, psychokinesis, psychic healing, altered states of consciousness, mediumship and possible survival of bodily death. Hosted by the Rhine Research Center and Atlantic University, the event will be open to the public and academics alike.
The Rhine Research Center, located near the grounds of the PA convention, is a hub for research and education on the basic nature of consciousness. The center presents a wide range of educational offerings in which they attempt to draw together and present the most interesting and challenging current ideas on the nature and enhancement of consciousness. Co-host Atlantic University is an educational university founded by Edgar Cayce that offers a Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Studies – the integration of psychology, philosophy, religious studies, health sciences, and the arts. Program Chair Carlos S. Alvarado is the Scholar in Residence at Atlantic University, whose work has centered on the psychological study of out-of-body experiences and related phenomena and on providing a historical perspective in parapsychological studies. Nancy L. Zingrone, Arrangements Chair of the PA convention, has performed research on the psychological characteristics of individuals who experience psychic phenomena. She is also the Director of Academic and Administrative Affairs at Atlantic University.
Thomas Robisheaux, Professor of History at Duke University will be delivering the annual J.B. Rhine banquet address. Panels honoring William G. Roll’s contributions to parapsychology and Stanley Krippner’s 80th birthday will take place at the convention. Licensed child psychologist Athena A. Drewes will be leading two workshops, one on understanding psi experiences and another on creating and facilitating psi experience support groups. Another workshop on medical dream diagnosis will be presented. Additionally, PA members will present a variety of papers from experimental, clinical, scholarly, and analytical research approaches to the study of parapsychology.
The PA convention will offer an opportunity for attendees interested in that wide range of human functioning popularly known as the ‘psychic’ or ‘paranormal’ to hear the latest and most advanced scientific thinking about parapsychological topics.