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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 in the Resources tab. You can also keep in touch and get involved by:



Annual Conference 2017: Technology, Consciousness and Experience

7 - 9 September 2017

Royal Holloway, University of London

Call For Papers

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Social Robotics and Human Experience Workshop

11 April 2017

University of Sussex


Annual Conference 2016: Temporal Experience

2 - 3 September 2016

University of Bristol


Annual Conference 2015: Variations in the Sense of Self: Emergence and Transcendence

9 - 11 September 2015

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge


Altered States of Consciousness 3: Spiritual States

13 June 2015

BPS London Offices


2014 Annual Conference: Investigating Somatic Consciousness: Beginning with Three Methodologies

Thanks to all who joined us between 4 - 6 September at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, for our AC 2014 on Investigating Somatic Consciousness: Beginning with Three Methodologies. It was a fantastic event and reviews are available: