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This is a questionnaire study of Near Death Experiences or some other non-ordinary experiences that fundamentally altered your beliefs or understanding about death and dying. This research study is being conducted by the Spirituality Research Team at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has been approved by the Johns Hopkins University Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB application number for this research study is
. Dr. Roland Griffiths, Ph.D. is the Principal Investigator for this research study. Detailed information about the study is provided in the next few pages. If you need further information please contact
If you are currently experiencing serious psychological distress, the following websites provide general information and treatment referral options: www.samhsa.gov/find-help; www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness
Our Previous Research
Our research team has previously conducted studies investigating altered states of consciousness, mystical experiences, and existential anxiety.
Purpose of This Study
In this survey, we want to characterize Near Death Experiences or some other non-ordinary experiences that fundamentally altered your beliefs or understanding about death and dying.
You are invited to participate in this survey if you fulfill all of the criteria listed below.
1) You are at least 18 years old.
2) You read, write, and speak English fluently.
3) You have had an experience that fundamentally altered your beliefs or understanding about death and dying.
What the Study Entails
Participation in this study involves filling out an online survey that will take 30+ minutes (the time length can vary based on how much you choose to reply to open-ended questions). You will be required to complete the survey in one sitting.
Why should I participate?
We believe that this study is scientifically important and may be personally worthwhile to you. We would like you to participate because we need to collect responses from many different people in order to better characterize such experiences. You may find this survey interesting and an uplifting opportunity to revisit and contemplate a precious experience. You may also find it meaningful to further explore some of your philosophical and theological beliefs. However, you may find it to be uncomfortable because it may prompt you to recall potentially unpleasant experiences. It may also be uncomfortable for some participants to think about their own mortality. There is also a chance that you will be bored. Although there is no monetary compensation for participation, you will be making a unique and important scientific contribution, and you may gain further insights into your experiences.
Is my participation confidential?
Yes. We do not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. Your anonymous responses will be seen and analyzed by Johns Hopkins staff or representatives. To further protect the confidentiality of participants, the results of most questions will be presented in aggregate. If you complete the optional open-ended section of the survey, we may quote from your textual responses. However, if you provide specific identifying information, we will edit your responses to protect your confidentiality.
What kind of information will I be providing?
Most of the survey asks about your experience that fundamentally altered your beliefs or understanding about death and dying. You will then be asked questions about your background and beliefs. At the end of the survey, there will be an optional open-ended section that could add 10-15 minutes to the total duration. You will not be required to complete the open-ended section.
What will become of the results from this study?
We intend to publish and communicate the findings from this survey to the general public and to the scientific community.
Your responses will not be used in this study if you do not complete the survey.
Your participation in this survey is voluntary. Your completion of this survey or questionnaire will serve as your consent to be in this research study. Even after you begin the survey, you may stop answering the questions at any time. If you stop early, none of your responses will be used.
How do I start?
You can begin the survey by clicking 'Next' at the bottom of this page. This survey could take
(the time length can vary based on how much you choose to reply to open-ended questions) and
you will be required to complete the survey in one sitting.
It is important that you complete the survey only once, and that you answer each question honestly and seriously. If you are not ready to complete the survey now, please return to this page at a time that is convenient for you.
You can exit the survey at any time by clicking the link in the upper right corner of your screen. If you exit the survey early, your responses will not be used.
During the survey,
please do not press the "back" button on your internet browser
as it may erase your answers or prematurely terminate your session.
By clicking 'Next' below, you affirm that
• you have read the information above
• you fulfill the eligibility criteria
• you voluntarily agree to participate
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