Research Participation

To further our scientific research, we often invite individuals like you to participate in our research and experiments. Studies take place in California, around the world, and online. Please consider joining us in the ones that speak to you.


Mindfulness Meditation Study for Older Adults

Want to Receive a Free Self-administered Mindfulness Meditation Course?

We are conducting a research study on the iMINDr Mindfulness Meditation for older adults with mood symptoms. The overall purpose of this study is about how a self-administered six-week mindfulness meditation course may improve symptoms. The course includes a workbook with weekly readings and exercises and iMINDr for home practice. iMINDr is a free meditation application that you can install on your smartphone and through which you listen to your guided meditations as home practice for the program.
Please go here to learn more about the study and see if you are eligible.
This study is being conducted by the Institute of Noetic Sciences and is approved by the Institutional Review Board.

Mediums Wanted!

We are studying the brain and body changes that occur when Mediums access extrasensory information about deceased individuals. We are seeking 12 professional mediums to participate in this study, which will include one visit to the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) laboratory located in Petaluma (~40 min north of San Francisco), CA. Participants will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card for their participation!

The 2-hour visit at the IONS laboratory will include a short set of questionnaires and tasks (~20 min), and an experiment where participants are presented photographs of deceased individuals and are asked to determine the cause of their death among 3 choices.

If you are a professional medium, can travel to the IONS campus, and are interested in participating in the study, please email the research project manager  or call (707) 779-8273 and provide a phone number so we can contact you about the next steps.

Control Group for Mediumship Study

We are assessing the accuracy of mediums at determining the cause of death of 200 individuals and measure the (electro)physiological differences taking place in the participant’s’ body while doing the task. We will also apply machine-learning techniques to try to determine what type of cues participants could be using.
We’re looking for healthy individuals who do not have any type of psychic ability or associated ability. You must not have any visual deficiencies, a psychiatric diagnosis, or be following a medical treatment. You should be located in the San Francisco Bay Area and willing to commute to the Institute of Noetic Sciences at your own cost.
You will receive a $100 gift card for your time!
If you are interested in participating, please call (707) 779-8273 or email us to learn more.

Spiritual Competencies Project

Are you interested in shifting the field of mental health care to include more attention to the spiritual aspects of people’s lives? We are too and we need your help! The vast majority of mental health training does not include anything about spirituality, even though we know that spiritual/religious beliefs and practices are central to psychological and emotional well-being.
IONS is conducting research to help us learn more about the training that most mental health professionals receive. Our goal is to develop and disseminate more holistic curriculum to mental health practitioners. We are looking for 1200 licensed mental health professionals who are NOT spirituality oriented and are in clinical practice to take a 25-minute survey. Study participants will be entered into a drawing to win a free iPad (chances of winning are 1 in 300)! This is where we need your help to get the word out:
  • Do you have a listserv or newsletter that goes out to licensed, practicing mental health providers (psychiatrists, psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, CAADACs or professional counselors)?
  • Do you have access to a clinic, group practice, or other place where you could a flyer?
  • Do you have a social media account where you could do a Facebook post or Twitter tweet?
We appreciate it so much! Any questions? Email the Research Manager, or call 707-779-8293 for more information on the study and how you can help support this exciting research!

Missing Photon Study

If you are a healthy adult between the ages of 18 and 70, able to focus your attention on a quiet task for 20 minutes, this study may be for you!
  • The experiment explores the nature of how the mind might influence or change things around us
  • The purpose of the study is to learn more about how focusing attention may influence things and the light around us
  • This study consists of a one-time session at the Earthrise Retreat Center in Petaluma, California
  • You will also be asked to complete an activity that will need your focus and attention for 20 minutes
  • For your participation you will receive a paperback copy of: Entangled Minds by Dean Radin, PhD
If you would like to learn more about the study or participation, please contact Jennifer Okonsky at 707-779-8263 or send an email.

Got Psi?

Many people have had precognitive dreams or successful intuitive hunches and would like to know if they might have psychic (or “psi”) abilities. To provide a simple way to explore these abilities, this site provides a suite of psi tests based on techniques similar to those used in more formal laboratory experiments. The tests are fun (and valid) and you’ll get immediate feedback about your performance. There are also various “Halls of Fame” where you can compare your performance with others.
Click to explore your Psi abilities!