EducationHe studied philosophy at the universities of Iceland, Edinburgh and Freiburg from 1955 to 1958, and was a writer and journalist from 1959 to 1963. He studied psychology at the University of Freiburg and University of Munich where he obtained the Dipl. Psych. in 1969. Research fellow at the Institute of Parapsychology in Durham, N. C. 1969-70, internship in clinical psychology at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Virginia in Charlottesville 1970-71. Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Freiburg in 1972.
Research workResearch associate at the American Society for Psychical Research 1972-74. After that in the Department of Psychology at the University of Iceland. Visiting professor at the University of Virginia, 1982–83, and at the Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene in Freiburg 1993-95. He has done research into deathbed visions with Karlis Osis and reincarnation with Ian Stevenson, a major study of alleged encounters with those who have died, and surveys on paranormal and religious experiences and beliefs. He has published over sixty peer-reviewed articles and his books have been published in numerous translations.
RetirementErlendur, despite being retired, continues to publish research articles and is frequent speaker at conferences, such as at the annual convention of the American Psychological Assoication in Orlando in 2012. His latest book, The Departed among the Living - an investigative study of afterlife encounters, was published in 2012.
- Erlendur Haraldsson (2012). Departed among the Living. An investigative study of afterlife encounters. White Crow Books.
- Erlendur Haraldsson (2005). Látnir í heimi lifenda. Reykjavík: Háskólaútgáfan (University Press).
- Erlendur Haraldsson (1964). Með uppreisnarmönnum í Kúrdistan. Hafnarfirði: Skuggsjá.
- Haraldsson, Erlendur; Grof, Stanislav; Fenwick peter; Grosso Michael; Tart, T. Charles & Woolger Roger: Wir wissen mehr als unser Gehirn. Die Grenzen des Bewusstseins überschreiten. Herder, Freiburg 2003, ISBN 3-451-05284-9
- Haraldsson, Erlendur PhD & Osis, Karlis PhD: At the Hour of Death. Hastings House / Daytrips Publishers; 3RD edition, 263 pp. ISBN 0-8038-9386-8
- Haraldsson, Erlendur: Modern Miracles. An investigative report on psychic phenomena associated with Sri Sathya Sai Baba. New York: Ballantine Books, 304 pp. (USA edition of "Miracles are my visiting cards".), 1987, ISBN 81-86822-32-1
Featured In documentaries
- Past Lives: Stories of Reincarnation. Storyhouse Productions, Washington D. C. Producer Andreas Gutzeit. Broadcast in the United States on April 1, 2003 on The Learning Channel (Discovery Communications). Aired on Discovery International 29. 12. 2003.
- Reinkarnation – nur ein Mythos? Storyhouse Productions for Learning Channel and Spiegel TV. Spiegel TV in VOX and XXP, October 2002. (German version of Past Lives: Stories of Reincarnation.). A Tamil version was broadcast in Asia.
- Children's Past Live. A Zenith North Production for Channel Four, UK. Producer Laura Granditer. October 2000.
- In Search of the Dead. BBC Wales in cooperation with PBS, WXXI-T Rochester, New York. Producer Jeffrey Ieverson. 1992.
- Með Kúrdum í Irak (With Kurds in Iraq). Icelandic State Television. January 1967.
- Erlendur Haraldsson (1997). Modern miracles: an investigative report on psychic phenomena associated with Sathya Sai Baba Hastingshouse/Daytrips Publications.
- Kārlis Osis and Erlendur Haraldsson (1997). At the Hour of Death: A New Look at Evidence for Life After Death Hastingshouse/Daytrips Publications.
- Brief curriculum vitae of Erlendur Haraldsson. University of Iceland.
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