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Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section
Welcome to the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section!
Consciousness was the original focus of psychological research and is once more a central topic of inquiry. The growth of interest and research over recent years has been explosive and to foster this development, a new Section of the British Psychological Society, the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology (CEP) Section was formed in 1997. Its purpose is to advance our understanding of consciousness, to bring scientific research on consciousness closer to other traditions of inquiry into the nature of mind and to explore how this research can be used to improve the quality of life.
In the modern era, CEP was the first and is still the only subsection of a nationally representative body of professional psychologists devoted to the study of Consciousness. The Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section provides a forum to exchange ideas and promote research into all aspects of consciousness research and experiential psychology.
Throughout the year we hold regular events and contact members with email updates and news. By becoming a member you will have full access to all the pages on our site; qualify for discounts when attending CEP events, receive a copy of our regular newsletter, Consciousness and Experience; and have the opportunity to meet other members and discuss topics relevant to this crucial area of psychology.
Membership details are available here and recommended further reading is below. You can also keep in touch and get involved by:
Baars, B., Banks, William P., Newman, James B. [Eds.] (2003), Essential Sources in the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Bayne, T. (2010), The Unity of Consciousness, New York: Oxford University Press
Blackmore, S. (2010), Consciousness: An Introduction, Second Edition, London: Taylor & Francis, New York: Oxford University Press
Chalmers, D.J. (1996), Towards a Theory of Consciousness, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Flanagan, O.J., Block, N., & Guzeldere, G. [Eds.] (1997), The Nature of Consciousness, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Frith, C. (2007), Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates our Mental World, Oxford: Blackwell
Greenfield, S. (1995), Journey to the Centre of the Mind, Hampshire: W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd
Hassin, R. R., Uleman, J. S., & Bargh, J. A. [Eds.] (2005), The New Unconscious, New York: Oxford University Press
Hurley, S.L. (1998), Consciousness in Action, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
Hunt, H.T. (1995), On The Nature of Consciousness, New Haven: Yale University Press
Lycan, W. (1996), Consciousness and Experience, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Paglieri, F. [Ed.] (2012), Consciousness in Interaction: The role of the natural and social context in shaping consciousness, Amsterdam: John Benjamins
Smith, Q. & Jokic, A. [Eds.] (2003), Oxford: Clarendon Press
Tye, M. (1995), Ten Problems of Consciousness: A Representational Theory of the Phenomenal Mind, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Velmans, M. & Schneider, S. [Eds.] (2007), The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness, Malden, MA: Blackwell
Velmans, M. (2009), Understanding Consciousness, Second Edition, London: Routledge/Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis
Zeman, A. (2003), Consciousness: A User's Guide, Adam Zeman, New Haven: Yale University Press
Annual Conference, Cambridge UK, 9 - 11 September 2015
Altered States of Consciousness 3: Spiritual States
13 June 2015
2014 Annual Conference: Investigating Somatic Consciousness: Beginning with Three Methodologies
Thanks to all who joined us between 4 - 6 September for our AC 2014 on Investigating Somatic Consciousness: Beginning with Three Methodologies. It was a fantastic event and reviews are available:
Plus photos and comments from the event are on our facebook page.