Cedar Creek Institute "The question for man most momentous of all is ... whether or no his personality involves any element which can survive bodily death. In this direction have always lain the gravest fears, the farthest-reaching hopes, which could either oppress or stimulate mortal minds" -   F. W. H. Myers, 1903

Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century By Edward F. Kelly,  Emily Williams Kelly,  Adam Crabtree,  Alan Gauld,  Michael Grosso, and Bruce Greyson

Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives By Jim B. Tucker, M.D.

The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation Edited by Janice Miner Holden, EdD, Bruce Greyson, M.D., and Debbie James, R.N./M.S.N.

Science, The Self, and Survival After Death

Science, The Self, and Survival After Death Edited by Emily Williams Kelly

General Mission Statement

CCI’s mission is to create an interdisciplinary program of high-quality research aimed at elucidating the relationship between the activities of a human mind and the multitude of physiological activities occurring in its associated brain and body [mind-brain problem].

The central strategy of this research program is to explore important areas of human potential neglected by contemporary science, including in particular creative, transpersonal, religious, mystical, and psychic or psi-type experiences and behaviors.


One major research focus will involve systematic collection and analysis of any and all forms of evidence suggestive of post-mortem survival of human consciousness, mind, and personality.  These will include in particular

  • cases of the reincarnation type
  • out-of-body and near-death experiences, especially those occurring under extreme physiological conditions such as deep general anesthesia, cardiac arrest, and coma
  • experiences of dying persons and their families, especially death-bed visions, sudden revivals of physical or mental capacity at or near the time of death, physical phenomena at the moment of death, and other related phenomena
  • spontaneous apparitions
  • trance mediumship

A second major research focus will involve psychophysiological analysis, using state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques such as high-resolution electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), of altered states of consciousness and their associations with the kinds of phenomena outlined above.

 In addition to these research activities we aim to

  • Provide opportunities for free exchange of information among qualified students, scholars, and researchers in any and all disciplines that bear upon the central research mission of CCI
  • Encourage responsible and productive application of the findings and methods of CCI’s research to relevant problems confronting individuals and society as a whole
  • Disseminate reliable information concerning CCI, its activities, and the subjects and results of its research, to the scientific community, educational institutions, intellectually responsible popular media, and other interested and qualified individuals or organizations
  • Promote any additional endeavors that will lead to better understanding and utilization of latent potentials of human mind and consciousness


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