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Rhine Research Center
Rhine Research Center


 2741 Campus Walk Avenue

Building 500

Durham, North Carolina, USA 27705


Rhine Research Center

Parapsychology and Consciousness
Research and Education

The Rhine Research Center is an integrative center established for the scientific study of parapsychology.  The Rhine is the oldest operating parapsychology lab in the country, and is recognized throughout the world as the voice of integrity related to parapsychology and psi phenomena.

In 1935 when the Duke Parapsychology Labs were established by J.B. Rhine in Durham, North Carolina, the scientific study of psi phenomena was formalized in an academic environment.  In 1937 the first Journal of Parapsychology was published to provide a peer reviewed academic forum for the field.

The Rhine is now an independent non-profit research center that continues to pursue its original mission to explore the nature of human consciousness and to provide reliable research and education about exceptional experiences in the context of psi phenomena.  In addition, the Rhine fosters a local and online community in order to maintain a safe and supportive environment for those who have psi experiences.


Research at the Rhine explores all aspects of human consciousness and our connection to the world.  The bioenergy lab at the Rhine examines the physical energy that may enable energy healing, psychokinesis, and other psi phenomena to occur.  Studies in the Ganzfeld rooms provide additional support for telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition.  Experiments with mind-matter interaction and energetic healers provide insight into the experience and mechanisms behind these activities.  But none of this is valuable if we do not put it in the context of the human experience, which is why the Rhine continues to collect reports of psi experiences to better understand these events and to improve our scientific studies.


The Rhine has long been known as the source of reliable information about psi phenomena, and in 2011, the Rhine Education Center was established to provide professional education in parapsychology.  The Rhine Education Center provides ONLINE courses taught by professional parapsychologists and thought leaders in the field.  Certificate programs are provided to help guide students though their studies, and to produce learners with a well rounded education that suits their needs. 

Courses include weekly class broadcasts and an integrated online courseroom that provides an opportunity for students to interact with each other and the instructor through directed discussion forums.  To accommodate the busy schedules of an adult learner, the course broadcasts are recorded and available to be viewed at your convenience.

The Rhine also offers educational and experiential events approximately 20 times a year, and many are simulcast through the Rhine website so that you can enjoy these entertaining and educational talks from the comfort of your own home or office.


In addition, the Rhine provides significant resources on the history of parapsychology, archival footage, a large research library, and a complete set of the Journal of Parapsychology from 1937 to present.  Our online Media Library contains over 90 recordings of speakers who have come to the Rhine since 2012.


Finally, the Rhine attempts to foster a community for people who have psychic experiences or are interested in the phenomena. The Psychic Experiences Group (PEG) meets every month at the Rhine and in independent chapters throughout the country. PEG provides a safe and supportive environment for people to talk about their experiences and listen to the experiences of others.

Our Mission

The Rhine Research Center explores the frontiers of consciousness and exceptional human experiences in the context of unusual and unexplained phenomena. The Rhine’s mission is to advance the science of parapsychology, to provide education and resources for the public, and to foster a community for individuals with personal and professional interest in PSI.

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