The Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia
The paranormal phenomena, which have always aroused the curiosity of the general public and inspired thousands of books and hundreds of film and television productions, including the famous series ‘X-files’, are the privileged object of study of the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) at the University of Virginia in Chancellorsville (USA). From the poltergeist to extra-sensory perceptions to experiences extra-corporal, the special structure takes care of everything that does not have an explanation according to the science and theories on the mind today.
The investigation of this division, which is part of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, is conducted scientifically and empirically under the direction of Professor Jim Tucker. The institute was founded by psychiatrist Ian Stevenson in 1967, and at the time of his birth was regarded with suspicion because of the alleged lack of rigorous standards of research and survival entrusted to highly generous donations from millionaires with an obsession for paranormal phenomena.
But almost forty years later, things have definitely changed, with prizes for the activities of which also came from the “official” science. The researches of DOPS on paranormal phenomena have continued over time, and among the most relevant results of the structure, there is the putting together an archive of more than 3 thousand cases of patients who report memories of other people’s lives . Testimonials that, Tucker, is evidence of the survival of personality after death.
Among the most striking cases, that of a child of two years, James Leininger, who told of being a fighter pilot in the United States aircraft carrier Natoma Bay, and having witnessed the death of Iwo Jima in the sky of Jack Larsen, his close friend, during a Japanese attack. All this is described in detail and accompanied by nightmares dominated by air combat, airplanes aviation accidents, explosions.
Tales of facts by more than fifty years before the respondents in all reality. And it is precisely in the wake of cases like this that Tucker and his group of researchers from the University of Virginia gain increasing credibility and that the study of paranormal phenomena began to claim for itself the very dignity of the traditional sciences, wrapped by the interest of the middle world.