José Miguel Gaona Cartolano born in Bruselas. Medical doctor (cum laude) in psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid, and Master of psychological medicine and specialist in forensic psychology.
Acknowledged with the Young Investigator’s Award from the Community of Madrid and member of the European Psychology Association (AEP), he was acting professor in the psychology department for the faculty of Medicine of UCM, he is also the director of the magazine; Educar bien. Niños. (Educate the children well).
Gaona was the technical assessor for the Defense of Minors for the Community of Madrid, responsible for the area of mental health in the Bosnian war for the non-profit organization Medicos del Mundo (Doctors of the World) and member of the Comité de Honor of the Altarriba Foundation for animal protection, that includes amongst its members such personalities as; José Saramago, Josep Carreras and Eduard Punset, and others.
In the past few years he has been working in the field of neurotheology, a science that studies mystic and spiritual phenomena from a neurological perspective. On this line he directs the Tunnel Project, a meeting place for people who have suffered near death experiences (NDE) and who want to share these experiences or approach them from a therapeutic point of view.
Currently he is one of the directors of IANDS Spain (International Association of Near-Death Studies) and participates in studies in the field of NDE together with Dr. Bruce Greyson from the Perceptual Studies Unit at the University of Virginia and with Dr. Holden from North Texas University.
He is author of the books; The Eve Syndrome and Endorphins; the hormones of happiness, and co-author of Being an Adolescent isn’t easy, both published by the publishing house La Esfera de los Libros.