Pascal  Michael

Dr Pascal Michael BSc, MSc

Lecturer in Psychology

Pascal received a BSc Hons (Aberdeen University) in Neuroscience and an MSc (University College London) in Clinical Mental Health Sciences. His current PhD at University of Greenwich with Dr. David Luke is 'A comparative phenomenology of the psychedelic DMT and near-death experience'.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Lecturer in Psychology
  • Seminar teaching for Psychology of Exceptional Human Experiences, Brain and Behaviour, Introduction to Counselling.


Parapsychology Association Student of the Year Award 2020.

Research / Scholarly interests

Pascal's current research interests encompass the analysis of mystical-type human experiences, both psychopharmacological and spontaneous - specifically, the psychedelic (especially DMT) experience and the near-death experience (NDE) - toward developing a formalised framework of thinking that the NDE is fundamentally an endogenous psychedelic episode, as indicated by its acute, long-term and anomalous effects.

Key funded projects

BIAL research grant 2019.

Recent publications


Michael, Pascal , Luke, David, Robinson, Oliver (2024), Smokable "vine of the dead": two case studies of experiencers of both changa and near-death experiences. International Transpersonal Association. In: , , , . International Transpersonal Association, International Journal of Transpersonal Studies: 94 . pp. 1-24 ISSN: 1321-0122 (Print), 1942-3241 (Online) (doi:

Michael, Pascal , Luke, David, Robinson, Oliver (2023), This is your brain on death: a comparative analysis of a near-death experience and subsequent 5-Methoxy-DMT experience. Frontiers Media. In: , , , . Frontiers Media, Frontiers in Psychology, 14: 1083361 . pp. 1-17 1664-1078 (Online) (doi:

Michael, Pascal , Luke, David, Robinson, Oliver (2023), An encounter with the self: a thematic and content analysis of the DMT experience from a naturalistic field study. Frontiers Media S.A.. In: , , , . Frontiers Media S.A., Frontiers in Psychology, 14: 1083356 . pp. 1-23 1664-1078 (Online) (doi: