Thematic analysis of research mediums' experiences of discarnate communication

Adam J. Rock, Julie Beischel, Gary E. Schwartz

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Medium claim to be able to report accurate and specific information about the deceased loved ones (termed discarnates) of living people (termed sitters) even without any prior knowledge about the sitters or the discarnates and in the complete absence of any sensory feedback. Despite recent experimental research investigating this phenomenon (e.g., Beischel & Schwartz, 2007a), no systematic qualitative studies have been conducted. Consequently, eight research mediums were asked to describe in as much detail as possible how they personally experience receiving communication from discarnate, as part of a comprehensive nine-step subject screening procedure. Thematic analysis revealed seven comprehensive constituent themes that were used to formulate fundamental structural definition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-192
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Scientific Exploration
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Discarnate communication
  • Phenomenology
  • Research mediums
  • Thematic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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