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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:

Further reading

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

Bayne, T., Cleeremans, A. & Wilken, P. [Eds.] (2009), The Oxford Companion to Consciousness, Oxford: 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

Gigerenzer, G., (2007), Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, New York: Viking Penguin

Gray, J. (2004), Consciousness: Creeping up on the Hard Problem, Oxford: Oxford University Press

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

Hurlburt, R.T. and Schwitzgebel, E., (2007), Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic, Cambridge, MA: MIT 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

Pockett, S., Banks, W. & Gallagher, S. [Eds.] (2006), Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Saunders, G. (2014), Acts of Consciousness: A Social Psychology Standpoint, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Schneider, S. & Velmans, M. [Eds.] (2017), The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness Second Edition, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell

Schwitzgebel, E. (2011), Perplexities of Consciousness, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Shanahan, M., (2010), Embodiment and the Inner Life: Cognition and Consciousness in the Space of Possible Minds, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Shusterman, R. (2012), Thinking through the Body, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Smith, Q. & Jokic, A. [Eds.] (2003), Oxford: Clarendon Press

Thompson, E. (2007), Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind, Cambridge: Belknap Press

Tye, M. (1995), Ten Problems of Consciousness: A Representational Theory of the Phenomenal Mind, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Tye, M. (2009), Consciousness Revisited: Materialism without Phenomenal Concepts, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Velmans, M. (2009), Understanding Consciousness, Second Edition, London: Routledge/Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis

Velmans, M. (2017), Towards a Deeper Understanding of Consciousness: Selected works of Max Velmans, World Library of Psychologists Series. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

Wilson, T.D., (2002), Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adapative Unconscious, Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press

Weiskrantz, L. & Davies, M. [Eds.] (2008), Frontiers of Consciousness: Chichele Lectures, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Zelazo, P.D., Moscovitch, M., & Thompson, E. [Eds.] (2007), The Cambridge Companion to Consciousness, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Zeman, A. (2003), Consciousness: A User's Guide, Adam Zeman, New Haven: Yale University Press



Annual Conference 2017: Technology, Consciousness and Experience

7 - 9 September 2017

Royal Holloway, University of London

Call For Papers

Please note deadlines for submissions have been extended! (See submission links below)

Submission Guidelines


Registration and bursary applications will open shortly, please check back


Social Robotics and Human Experience Workshop

11 April 2017

University of Sussex, Brighton

Registration (free event)


Annual Conference 2016: Temporal Experience

2 - 3 September 2016


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

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: