Ian Stevenson's Other Work
by Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D.
Stevenson’s work involved many other phenomena. Operating under the belief that language is a skill that has to be learned by practice, and not something that may be acquired through ESP, Stevenson argued that cases of responsive xenoglossy could be useful pointers to discarnate agency (Stevenson, 1974, 1984).
He also wrote about apparitions as a phenomenon that could, depending on the cases, support the idea of survival of bodily death (Stevenson, 1982). Two of his early single case reports, published in the 1960s were about apparitions, a topic he returned to during the 1990s (Stevenson, 1964, 1965, 1995).
In addition to these topics, Stevenson also participated in studies of psychic photography (Pratt & Stevenson, 1968) and in ESP experiments. The latter included psychophysiological studies (Stanford & Stevenson, 1972), and guessing studies with gifted subject Pavel Stepanek (Pratt et al., 1968). The later paper was published in the prestigious journal Nature, and had wide exposure outside parapsychology.
Pratt, J.G., & Stevenson, I. (1968). Exploratory Investigations of the Psychic Photography of Ted Serios. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 62, 103129.
Pratt, J.G., Stevenson, I., Roll, W.G., Blom, J.G., Meinsma, G.L., Keil, J., & Jacobson, N. (1968). Identification of Concealed Randomized Objects Through Acquired Response Habits of Stimulus and Word Association. Nature, 220, 8991.
Stanford, R.G., & Stevenson, I. (1972). EEG Correlates of Free-response GESP in an Individual Subject. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 66, 357368.
Stevenson, I. (1964). The Blue Orchid of Table Mountain. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 42, 401409.
Stevenson, I. (1965). The Case of the “Teddy Bear” Suit. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 43, 9293.
Stevenson, I. (1974). Xenoglossy: A Review and Report of a Case. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia (also published in Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research, 31, 1974).
Stevenson, I. (1982). The Contribution of Apparitions to the Evidence for Survival. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 76, 341358.
Stevenson, I. (1984). Unlearned Language: New Studies in Xenoglossy. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia.
Stevenson, I. (1995). Six Modern Apparitional Experiences. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 9, 351366.