Bruce Greyson

(Charles) Bruce Greyson (born October 1946) is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is co-author of Irreducible Mind (2007) and co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences (2009). Greyson has written many journal articles, and has given media interviews, on the subject of near death experiences.

Academic appointmentsEdit

Greyson is Chester F. Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, and the former director of The Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS),[1] formerly the Division of Personality Studies, at the University of Virginia. He is also a Professor of Psychiatric Medicine in the Department of Psychiatric Medicine, Division of Outpatient Psychiatry, at the University of Virginia.

Research workEdit

Greyson is a researcher in the field of near-death studies and has been called the father of research in near-death experiences.[2][3] Greyson, along with Kenneth Ring, Michael Sabom, and others, built on the research of Raymond Moody, Russell Noyes Jr and Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Greyson's scale to measure the aspects of near-death experiences[4] has been widely used, being cited 95 times as of early 2010.[5] He also devised a 19-item scale to assess experience of kundalini, the Physio-Kundalini Scale.[6]

Greyson wrote the overview of Near Death Experiences for the Encyclopædia Britannica and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Near-Death Studies (formerly Anabiosis) from 1982 through 2007. Greyson has been interviewed or consulted many times in the press on the subject of near-death experiences.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Selected publicationsEdit

Greyson is co-author of Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007)[14] and co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation (Praeger, 2009).[15] He has written many journal articles on the subject of near-death experiences, and these include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Division of Perceptual Studies, University of Virginia Archived 2006-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "The Brain and Belief". Public Radio International. 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2010. Bruce Greyson is considered the father of research into the Near Death Experience.
  3. ^ "Edwardsville Woman has Near-death Experience". Belleville News-Democrat. January 21, 2003. Retrieved February 23, 2010. [Greyson] called 'the father of near-death experience research' by some...
  4. ^ Greyson, Bruce (1983). The near-death experience scale: Construction, reliability, and validity. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Jun;171(6):369-75.
  5. ^ Google Scholar, Citations of Greyson (1983). Accessed February 23, 2010.
  6. ^ Bruce Greyson (1993). "Near-death experiences and the physio-kundalini syndrome". Journal of Religion and Health. 32 (4): 277–290. doi:10.1007/BF00990954. PMID 24271550. S2CID 1892471.
  7. ^ "Near-death experience is debated". The Tuscaloosa News Citing Story in Los Angeles Times. May 23, 1982. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  8. ^ Jane E. Brody (November 17, 1988). "HEALTH; Personal Health". The New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  9. ^ Anne Longley (August 1, 1994). "A Glimpse Beyond: A Psychiatrist Plumbs the Near-Death Experience". People. 42 (5). Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  10. ^ Douglas Fox (October 17, 2006). "Light at the end of the tunnel". New Scientist. 2573. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  11. ^ Benedict Carey (January 17, 2009). "The Afterlife of Near-Death". The New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  12. ^ Daniel Williams (August 31, 2007). "At the Hour Of Our Death". Time. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  13. ^ "Science Notebook". The Washington Post. February 7, 2000. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  14. ^ "Irreducible Mind". Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  15. ^ Information about the Division of Perceptual Studies Archived 2006-10-06 at the Wayback Machine

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