News from IONS Science

New Book Just realeased: Transcendent Mind

IONS Scientists Julia Mossbridge along with co-author, Imants Baruš, recently released a new book, Transcendent Mind: Rethinking the Science of Consciousness.  It is the first textbook that is published in the USA by a mainstream psychological organization in which the science of consciousness is discussed from a post-materialist stance. In the book they dive deep into the investigation of consciousness by offering insights from quantum mechanics, special relativity, philosophy, and paranormal psychology.

The book is rich with scientific evidence and covers topics which include mediumship, out-of-body and near-death experiences, telekinesis, apparent versus deep time, and mind-to-mind communication. The book can be purchased on the American Psychological Association website or in a bookstore near you!


New Paper Published on How an Energy Healing Modality May Affects Gene Expression

IONS scientist, Dr. Garret Yount and collaborator  Dr. Dawson Church recently published a study that explors whether Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can affect the expression of a panel of genes associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The results showed that PTSD symptoms declined significantly in the group treated with EFT, and after just 10 sessions of EFT all the veterans were free from clinically diagnosable PTSD. Additionally,  when comparing gene expression levels (when a particular gene is activated or inhibited) before and after the intervention period, Drs. Yount and Church found significant differential expression of six genes, including activating immunity genes and inhibiting inflammation genes. This is part of a larger series of studies, check out the next phase of the research here!

Paper Published on Meditation 

A new paper was recently published by IONS sicentist Helane Wahbeh on Internet Mindfulness Meditation Interventions (IMMI) for the General Public. The purppose of the study was to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the online mindfulness meditation interventions in the general population and to evaluate if they have the ability to change meditation practice behavior. The study did find that indeed, IMMI was found to be feasible and acceptable and it also did increased daily meditation practice compared to the control group.