Our relationship with death and dying is evolving and along with it, our ever expanding exploration into the nature of human consciousness. The research being conducted at UVA DOPS addresses the question of whether or not some form of human consciousness can survive bodily death.

What is the nature of human consciousness? Is there life after death? These are the questions driving the research at the University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies, where researchers explore the nature of human consciousness during life and after death, testing the boundaries of prevailing scientific paradigms and shaping future scientific breakthroughs. The research conducted at UVA DOPS, expands traditional paradigms about the mind-brain relationship, and more broadly, the nature of consciousness and what it means to be human with important implications around how we deal with death anxiety, grief, mental health, and finding purpose.


Jim Tucker, MD: Director of UVA DOPS, Bonner-Lowry Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences
Kim Penberthy, PhD: UVA DOPS Chester Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences

Panel Facilitator:

Deborah Blum, M.A.: Director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at M.I.T., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and founder of the award-winning science magazine, “Undark”.