Research Papers


This article recognizes Henry Stapp’s contribution to physics. Henry Stapp is a Spirit of Rustom Roy Award Recipient (2012)


Abstract: Contemporary physics finds itself pondering questions about mind and consciousness, an uncomfortable area for theorists. But historically, key figures at the founding of quantum theory assumed that reality was composed of two parts, mind and matter, which interacted with each other according to some new laws that they specified. This departure from the prior (classical-physicalist) assumption that mind was a mere side effect of brain activity was such a startling proposal that it basically split physics in two, with one camp insisting that mind will ultimately be explained via physical processes in the brain and the other camp embracing mind as innate in creation and the key to understanding reality in its completeness. Henry Stapp made important contributions toward a coherent explanation by advocating John von Neumann’s orthodox interpretation of quantum mechanics. von Neumann postulated that at its basis, quantum mechanics requires both a psychological and physical component. He was left, however, with a dualist view in which the psychological and physical aspects of QM remained unresolved. In this article, the relevant issues are laid out with the aim of finding a nondual explanation that allows mind and matter to exist as features of the same universal consciousness, in the hope that the critical insights of Planck, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, von Neumann, and Stapp will be recognized and valued, with the aim of an expanded physics that goes beyond physicalist dogma.


Ashok Narasimhan, Deepak Chopra, Menas C. Kafatos

The Nature of the Heisenberg-von Neumann Cut: Enhanced Orthodox Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Activitas Nervosa Superior – The Journal for Neurocognitive Research, April 2019

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Abstract: We examine the issue of the Heisenberg-von Neumann cut in light of recent interpretations of quantum eraser experiments which indicate the possibility of a universal Observer outside space-time at an information level of existence. The delayed-choice aspects of observation, measurement, the role of the observer, and information in the quantum framework of the universe are discussed. While traditional double-slit experiments are usually interpreted as indicating that the collapse of the wave function involves choices by an individual observer in space-time, the extension to quantum eraser experiments brings in some additional subtle aspects relating to the role of observation and what constitutes an observer. Access to, and the interpretation of, information outside space and time may be involved. This directly ties to the question of where the Heisenberg-von Neumann cut is located and what its nature is. Our model is an interpretation which we term the Enhanced Orthodox Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. It does not contradict the standard orthodox interpretation, but we believe it extends it by approaching von Neumann’s work in a new way. The Enhanced Orthodox Interpretation accepts the presence of a universal Observer, retaining the importance of observation augmented by the role of information. There is a possibility that individual observers making choices in space and time are actually aspects of the universal Observer, a state masked by assumptions about individual human minds that may need further development and re-examination.


Peterson CT, Sharma V, Iablokov SN, Albayrak L, Khanipov K, Uchitel S, et al. (2019)

16s Rrna Gene Profiling And Genome Reconstruction Reveal Community Metabolic Interactions And Prebiotic Potential Of Medicinal Herbs Used In Neurodegenerative Disease And As Nootropics

PLoS ONE 14(3): e0213869. https://doi.org/ 10.1371/journal.pone.0213869 (March 2019)

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This study used anaerobic human fecal cultivation to investigate whether medicinal herbs commonly used as treatment in neurological health and disease in Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine modulate gut microbiota. Collectively, the results indicate that gut microbiota engage in both protein and glycan catabolism, providing amino acid and sugar substrates that are consumed by fermentative species.


Paul J. Mills, Christine Tara Peterson, Kathleen L. Wilson, Meredith A. Pung, Sheila Patel, Lizabeth Weiss, Suhas G. Kshirsagar, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra

Relationships Among Classifications Of Ayurvedic Medicine Diagnostics For Imbalances (Vikruti) And Western Measures Of Psychological States: An Exploratory Study

Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, (2018) 1e5

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This study examined relationships among imbalances in the doshas reported via questionnaire and Western measures of psychological states, and found that symptoms of mind-body imbalances in Ayurveda are differentially associated with Western assessments of psychological states. Ayurvedic dosha assessment may be an effective way to assess physical as well as emotional wellbeing in research and clinical settings.


The Effects Of Grounding (Earthing) On Bodyworkers’ Pain And Overall Quality Of Life:a Randomized Controlledtrialtagedend

Gaetan Chevalier, Sheila Patel, Lizabeth Weiss, Deepak Chopra,and Paul J Mills. October, 2018

The Effects Of Grounding (Earthing) On Bodyworkers’ Pain And Overall Quality Of Life: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Science Direct Explore Journal
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Christine T. Peterson, PhD, Alexandra R. Vaughn, PhD, Vandana Sharma, PhD, Deepak Chopra, MD, Paul J. Mills, PhD, Scott N. Peterson, PhD, and Raja K. Sivamani, MD

Effects of Turmeric and Curcumin Dietary Supplementation on Human Gut Microbiota: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study

Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine Volume 23: 1-8, June 2018

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This study found that dietary supplementation with Turmeric and Curcumin have favorable effects on human gut microbiota species.


Prebiotic Potential of Herbal Medicines Used in Digestive Health and Disease

Christine Tara Peterson, PhD, Vandana Sharma, PhD, Sasha Uchitel, Kate Denniston, BS, Deepak Chopra, MD, Paul J. Mills, PhD, and Scott N. Peterson, PhD. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Volume 00, Number 00, 2018, pp. 1–10

Prebiotic Potential of Herbal Medicines Used in Digestive Health and Disease

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
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Effects of Grounding (Earthing) on Massage Therapists: An Exploratory Study

Gaétan Chevalier, Sheila Patel, Lizabeth Weiss, Christopher Pruitt, Brook Henry, Deepak Chopra, Paul J. Mills. Scientific Research Publishing, Vol.10 No.02(2018), Article ID:82706,23 pages

Effects of Grounding (Earthing) on Massage Therapists: An Exploratory Study

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
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Change in sense of nondual awareness and spiritual awakening in response to a multi-dimensional wellbeing program

Peterson Christine Tara, Denniston Kate, and Chopra Deepak. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. August 2017, 23(8): 607-614.

Therapeutic Uses of Triphala in Ayurvedic Medicine

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
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Change in sense of nondual awareness and spiritual awakening in response to a multi-dimensional wellbeing program

Paul J Mills, Christine Tara Peterson, Meredith A. Pung, Sheila Patel, Lizabeth Weiss, Kathleen L. Wilson, P. Murali Doraiswamy, Jeffery A. Martin, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra (November, 2017)

Change in sense of nondual awareness and spiritual awakening in response to a multi-dimensional wellbeing program

Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine
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Though there exists an incredibly diverse range of meditative practices and spiritual philosophies, the majority of these emphasize the importance of cultivating a perceptual shift away from a predominate ego self-identification to a more non-personal universal awareness, often termed “nondual” awareness. In nondual awareness, prior experienced polarities such as ‘self and other’ are collapsed and recontextualized. In nonduality, the knower, the known, and the process of knowing are experienced as one. Such transpersonal states are associated with optimal wellbeing. This paper presents findings from the SBTI study which suggest that participants experienced an increased sense of nondual awareness and spiritual awakening.


Advancing Research on Traditional Whole Systems Medicine Approaches

Paul J Mills, Sheila Patel, Tiffany Barsotti, Christine Tara Peterson, Deepak Chopra (November, 2017)

Advancing Research on Traditional Whole Systems Medicine Approaches

Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine | First published date: November-2017
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With the vision of Whole Person Medicine in mind, this paper argues that Integrative Medicine as now practiced in the West has, for the most part, remained reductionist in its approach. That is, the ideals of Traditional Medical Systems such as Ayurveda have yet to be realized among Integrative Medicine practices or research programs.


SBTI-Complementary-Medicine

Christine Tara Peterson, PhD, Sarah M. Bauer, BS, Deepak Chopra, MD, Paul J. Mills, PhD, Raj K. Maturi, MD (September, 2017)

Effects of Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya, a Multicomponent Breath-Based Yogic Practice (Pranayama), on Perceived Stress and General Well-Being

Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine | First published date: September-22-2017
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SBTI-Complementary-Medicine

Riya R. Kanherkar, Susan E. Stair, Naina Bhatia-Dey, Paul J. Mills, Deepak Chopra, and Antonei B. Csoka (February 2017)

Epigenetic Mechanisms of Integrative Medicine

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 4365429, 19 pages
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SBTI-Complementary-Medicine

Christine Tara Peterson, Joseph Lucas, Lisa St. John-Williams, J. Will Thompson, M. Arthur Moseley, Sheila Patel, Scott N. Peterson, Valencia Porter, Eric E. Schadt, Paul J. Mills, Rudolph E. Tanzi, P. Murali Doraiswamy & Deepak Chopra  (August 2016)

Identification of Altered Metabolomic Profiles Following a Panchakarma-based Ayurvedic Intervention in Healthy Subjects: The Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative (SBTI)

Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 32609 (2016)
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The Health Benefits of Meditation and Vacation

ES Epel, E Puterman, J Lin, EH Blackburn, PY Lum, ND Beckmann, J Zhu, E Lee, A Gilbert, RA Rissman, RE Tanzi and EE Schadt   (July 2016)

Meditation and vacation effects have an impact on disease-associated molecular phenotypes

Transl Psychiatry (2016) 6, e880; doi:10.1038/tp.2016.164
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SBTI-Complementary-Medicine

Paul J. Mills, Kathleen L. Wilson, Meredith A. Pung, Lizabeth Weiss, Sheila Patel, P. Murali Doraiswamy, Christine Peterson, Valencia Porter, Eric Schadt, Deepak Chopra, and Rudolph E. Tanzi  (June 2016)

The Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative and Well-Being

THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE • Volume 00 • Number 0, 2016 • pp. 1–8
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YogaResearch

Erik j. Groessi, Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, and Paul Mills  (November 2015)

An Overview of Yoga Research for Health and Well-Being

J Yoga Phys Ther ISSN: 2157-7595 JYPT, an open access journal • Volume 5 • Issue 4 • 1000210
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Jain-Indo-Tibetan

Shamini Jain, PhD; Jennifer Daubenmier, PhD; David Muehsam, PhD; Lopsang Rapgay, PhD; Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP  (November 2015)

Indo-Tibetan Philosophical and Medical Systems: Perspectives on the Biofield

This article was originally published as part of a special issue of Global Advances in Health and Medicine (www.gahmj.com)
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Jain-Indo-Tibetan

Menas C. Kafatos, PhD; Gaétan Chevalier, PhD; Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP; John Hubacher, MA; Subhash Kak, PhD; Neil D. Theise, MD  (November 2015)

Biofield Science: Current Physics Perspectives

This article was originally published as part of a special issue of Global Advances in Health and Medicine (www.gahmj.com)
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Frontiers-in-Human-Neuroscience-Meditation-Study

Shamini Jain, PhD; John Ives, PhD; Wayne Jonas, MD; Richard Hammerschlag, PhD; David Muehsam, PhD; Cassandra Vieten, PhD; Daniel Vicario, MD; Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP; Rauni Pritten King, RN, MIH, CHTPI; Erminia Guarneri, MD, FACC  (November 2015)

Biofield Science and Healing: An Emerging Frontier in Medicine

This article was originally published as part of a special issue of Global Advances in Health and Medicine (www.gahmj.com)
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SCP-Doraiswamy&Oz-Comment

P. Murali Doraiswamy and Mehmet C. Oz  (March 2015)

The Spiritual Heart: Can Gratitude Change Cardiac Biology?, Spirituality in Clinical Practice,

Vol. 2, No. 1, 18–20

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SCP-Response

Paul Mills, Laura Redwine, and Deepak Chopra (March 2015)

A Grateful Heart May Be a Healthier Heart,

Spirituality in Clinical Practice, Vol 2(1), 23-24.

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Cosmology-time-travel

Menas Kafatos and Deepak Chopra (December 2014)

The Time Machine of Consciousness Cosmology of Mind Quantum Physics of Time Travel,
Cosmology Journal for the Advancement of Theoretical Science, Volume 18

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SCP-Artcile

 

Paul Mills, Laura Redwine, Kathleen Wilson, Meredith Pung, Kelly Chinh, Barry Greenberg, Ottar Lunde, Alan Maisel, Ajit Raisinghani, Alex Wood and Deepak Chopra (November 2014)

The Role of Gratitude in Spiritual Well-Being in Asymptomatic, Heart Failure Patients,

Spirituality in Clinical Practice, Vol. 2, No. 1, 5–17

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Cosmology-Time

Subhash Kak, Deepak Chopra, Menas Kafatos (November 2014)

Perceived Reality, Quantum Mechanics, and Consciousness,

Cosmology, Vol. 18, 231-245

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Cosmology

Menas Kafatos and Deepak Chopra(November 2014)

On the Nature of Reality, the Self, Time, Space and Experience,

Cosmology, Vol. 18, 456-460.

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Neuro-Quantology-The-Universal-Principle-of-Biology

Attila Grandpierre, Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos (September 2014)

The Universal Principle of Biology: Determinism, Quantum Physics and Spontaneity,

NeuroQuantology, Volume 12, Issue 3, Page 364-373

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How-a-Paradigm-Shift-Turns-Into-Science

Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos (April 2014)

From Quanta to Qualia: How a Paradigm Shift Turns Into Science,

Philosophy Study, ISSN 2159-5313 Vol. 4, No. 4, 287-301

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A-Multidisciplinary-Approach-to-Mind-and-Consciousness

Attila Grandpierre, Deepak Chopra, P. Murali Doraiswamy, Rudolph Tanzi, Menas Kafatos (December 2013)

Multidisciplinary Approach to Mind and Consciousness,

NeuroQuantology, Volume 11, Issue 4, Page 607-617

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How-Consciousness-Becomes-the-Physical-Universe

Menas Kafatos, Rudolph Tanzi, and Deepak Chopra (May 2011)

How Consciousness Becomes the Physical Universe,

Journal of Cosmology, Vol. 14.

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SynchroDestinyStudy

Leila Kozak, Leanna Standish, Heather King, L. Clark Johnson, Todd Richards, Marilyn Schlitz, and Deepak Chopra (March 2003)

Evidence Of Neural Signal Transfer Between Distant Subjects Who Have Undergone Primordial Sound Meditation (PSM) Training

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