by Emily Sprewell

The University of West Georgia’s psychology department recently hosted Dr. Julia Mossbridge for its annual Bill Roll Lecture. Mossbridge delivered her lecture, “Examining the Long Body in Time: Precognition in Laboratory Experiments” to an eager academic audience.

Dr. Julia MossbridgeMossbridge has been a scholar in the psychology community for many years, writing numerous books pertaining to her field while continuing to research the ways that human minds perceive events.

Mossbridge is a visiting scholar at Northwestern University, where she received her Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders. She is also the founder and research director for the Mossbridge Institute. Mossbridge gained her M.A. in neuroscience from the University of California in San Francisco.

Mossbridge began her lecture by referencing the work of Dr. Bill Roll, whom the lecture series is named after.

“I’m starting to give talks to folks in academia and it’s delightful,” Mossbridge began. “It means a lot to me, and it especially means a lot to me with this lecture because of Bill Roll. I was really stunned when I first read his paper, ‘Psi and the Long Body.’”

Mossbridge continued to challenge and discuss Roll’s interpretation of the “long body” and how it is relevant to psi experiences.

Psi pertains to experiences like clairvoyance, telepathy and precognition, the latter being a topic that Mossbridge has heavily researched for years.

“The way I define precognition is that you have conscious or unconscious accurate prediction of future events that are not already predictable by inference or direct cause,” Mossbridge explained.

Mossbridge touched on the concept of the long body while connecting it to psi experiences such as precognition. She explained the concept of the long body to the audience as objects or beings in our lives that we have a meaningful and consistent relationship with, providing an example of long body by making the connection that we have a meaningful and consistent relationship with our cell phones.

“Almost everyone has this consistently maintained relationship that’s full of meaning with this object in your life,” Mossbridge said. “So that’s for sure part of your long body.”

Mossbridge continued to compare and contrast Roll’s long body precognition hypothesis while referencing the relevant questions and conclusions that she developed through her own extensive research.

The Bill Roll lecture is held every year in honor of Dr. William Bill Roll, a UWG professor who was an expert in the field of parapsychology.

Roll displayed a lifelong interest in out-of-body experiences and ESP. He attended Oxford University and worked at Duke University in the parapsychology laboratory. He also directed at the Psychical Research Foundation where he further researched out-of-body experiences.

Posted on October 15, 2019