Michael Kinsella, a graduate student in the department who works on the psychology and
sociology of paranormal beliefs, and Professor Ann Taves, Cordano Professor of Catholic Studies have been selected as recipients of a $250K research award from the Immortality Project at UC Riverside. The award is supported by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The research project, entitled “The Role of Near-Death Experiences in the Emergence of a Movement: A Quasi-Experimental Field Study of IANDS,” will be conducted over a two year period. Other member of the research team include Tamsin C. German, Michael Barlev, Raymond F. Paloutzian.