Signs of Reincarnation provides an inter-disciplinary graduate-level introduction to reincarnation research and theory.

This 15-week (semester-long) course is an interdisciplinary offering that draws on anthropology, religious studies, philosophy, depth psychology and psychical research, among other fields. It is designed as an advanced undergraduate or Master's-level graduate seminar course to introduce participants to academic research and theory.

The course covers all aspects of research on reincarnation, including reincarnation beliefs, methods of case investigation, findings from investigations, and the interpretation of those findings. It includes original lectures as well as readings from the reincarnation and larger scientific literature and involves participation through discussion among participants. It is self-paced with an estimated time commitment of 5-6 hours per week, including discussion periods. 

Unit 1: Introduction to the Study of Reincarnation Signs
Unit 2: The Belief in Reincarnation
Unit 3: Research Styles and Interpretative Frames
Unit 4: Child Studies: Episodic Memories, Statements and Recognitions
Unit 5: Child Studies: Behavioral Signs of Reincarnation
Unit 6: Child Studies: Physical Signs of Reincarnation
Unit 7: Child Studies: The Interval Between Death and Rebirth
Unit 8: Child Studies: Cross-Cultural and Cross-Historical Patterns
Unit 9: Child Studies: The Psychology of Past-Life Memory
Unit 10: From Child to Adult: The Developmental Continuum
Unit 11: Past-Life Memories in Induced States of Consciousness
Unit 12: The Contributions of Shamans, Psychics and Mediums
Unit 13: Mind/Brain Relations, Survival of Death and Reincarnation
Unit 14: Postmortem Survival and Reincarnation: Philosophical Concerns
Unit 15: The Process of Reincarnation

The next session of the course begins on January 4, 2016.

SyllabusView a more complete course description with a unit-by-unit (week-by-week) outline of requirements.

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About the Coordinator. James G. (Jim) Matlock, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and parapsychologist with more than 30 years' experience studying and writing about reincarnation signs. For more about him, visit his web site,

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Register  The registration fee for the Spring, 2016, session is $300, or $150 for full-time students. Preferred methods of payment are major credit cards and PayPal. Arrangements may be made for overseas registrants to pay by bank transfer. Checks and money orders will not be not accepted.