Signs of Reincarnation

Cristina closeSigns of Reincarnation is a 15-week (semester-long) advanced undergraduate or Master's-level graduate seminar course offered online through The Alvarado Zingrone Institute for Research and Education ( It is an inter-disciplinary offering that covers all aspects of reincarnation research and theory.

Our central concern is how to understand the phenomenon of past-life memory and related behavioral and physical signs of reincarnation. We will be especially concerned with young children who have recalled previous lives. 

Systematic research on reincarnation claims began with Ian Stevenson 50 years ago and is continued today by Erlendur Haraldsson, Antonia Mills, and Jim B. Tucker, among others. Their research is surprisingly little known, but together it makes it hard to deny that reincarnation occurs—although you don’t have to take my word for it! You will not only be reading orginal lectures and published studies but discussing and debating them with each other. The course is self-paced with an estimated time commitment of 6-8 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 Memory 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 course will next be offered beginning January 4, 2016. Students at Saybrook University may arrange to take it for credit.


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


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Register. Registration for the Spring, 2016, session will begin on December 28, 2015. The regular registration fee is $300. For full time students, it is $150.


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