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.

Greyson is Chester F. Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, and the former director of the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS), 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.

Greyson is a researcher in the field of near-death studies and has been called the father of research in near-death experiences. 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 has been widely used, being cited 95 times as of early 2010. He also devised a 19-item scale to assess experience of kundalini, the Physio-Kundalini Scale. 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.


  • After: A Skeptical Scientist’s Journey to Understand Life, Death, and Beyond




The world’s leading expert on near-death experiences reveals his journey through 40 years of pioneering research, discovering evidence that led him to rethink his understanding of the nature of death, life, and the continuity of consciousness. For all of us facing possible illness and eventual death—and anyone who wonders about the nature of life, our final fate, and the meaning of it all—this book reveals conclusions from over four decades of scientific research. Dr. Greyson provides the results of his systematic study as well as dramatic first-person accounts from his patients and research subjects who have had profound and unexplained “near-death experiences”—spiritual experiences on the border between life and death. He explores not only the astounding features of the near-death experiences themselves but also the profound effects of these experiences on others and the implications for how we view our world and our place in the universe. Dr. Greyson also reveals the effects of these experiences on himself personally, as a scientist and physician. This book has the potential to transform lives in the tradition of Raymond Moody’s groundbreaking Life After Life that has sold more than 13 million copies since its publication 45 years ago. After offers a dramatic story of discovery by an initially skeptical doctor on the vital role of so-called “spiritual” experience in understanding the very nature of our material reality. 

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