Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) and Attitudes to Death
Who is doing this research?
My name is Nicole Lindsay and I am a PhD student with the School of Psychology at Massey University, New Zealand. My supervisor is Dr Natasha Tassell-Matamua, a lecturer with the School of Psychology. I am particularly interested in altered states of consciousness and the impact of these experiences on psychological wellbeing, and the relevance of NDEs for consciousness research in general. Natasha has been intrigued by NDEs for many years and was co-principal investigator of the first large-scale study of NDEs in New Zealand and has published in the area of NDEs.
What is this research about?
I am interested in exploring NDEs and corresponding attitudes toward death. NDEs are an unusual and frequently profound conscious episode experienced upon dying or death. These experiences have been reported throughout history and tend to take on a common form. They have been reported in most cultures around the world, and some studies suggest about 15-25% of people have experienced them. Research has shown that NDEs have an impact on the survivor’s attitudes toward death, however we do not know exactly why or how this happens. This study hopes to increase understanding in this area.
Who can take part in this research?
If you are over the age of 21 years and have had an experience where you were dead, dying or close to death then I would like to invite you to take part in this research. You may or may not have a conscious memory of this episode. An NDE is defined as an experience where you felt as though something unusual yet significant happened to you during this time, such as: leaving your physical body; seeing an unusual light or seeing deceased relatives. I am very interested in having you participate in our research if you have had such an experience. I also welcome participation from you if you have had a close brush with death but do not recall any unusual memories from this time. If you have not had a close brush with death then your participation in this research is also valuable in terms of measuring death attitudes amongst the general population.
What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire relating to your experience, and your attitudes toward death in general which should take about 15-20 minutes. You will require access to an internet connection to complete the questionnaire. If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the questionnaire, please contact me or Natasha, and we will arrange to have one posted to you.
What are my rights as a participant?
If you decide to take part in the questionnaire you can choose to skip or not respond to any of the questions asked, ask any questions about the study, and withdraw from the study at any time. We promise to store any information we obtain from you in a secure and confidential fashion, and only use it for the purposes of this research. We understand that talking about your NDE is important, so want to assure you we will take every precaution to ensure your information and identity remains private. As a significant event in your life, we understand that recollection of your NDE may raise certain emotions. If at any time you feel participation in this study raises any concerns for you that you would like to discuss further, you can contact Nicole or Natasha who will be able to provide you with assistance.
What do I do now?
If you feel you would like to participate in this research, please click on the ">> Next" button below and proceed to the online survey.
If you have any further queries or would like to know a little bit more about the study before you participate, please contact Nicole or Natasha:
Please feel free to contact the researcher and/or supervisor if you have any questions about the project.
School of Psychology
Private Bag 11 222
|Dr Natasha Tassell-Matamua
School of Psychology
+64 6 3569-099 ext 85080
Massey University School of Psychology – Te Kura Hinengaro Tangata
Palmerston North, New Zealand
T +64 6 3569-099 ext 85071 : W psychology.massey.ac.nz