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PSYCHOGENESIS: The Effect of Mind on Body, Brain & Experience 21st Annual Conference of the BPS Consciousness & Experiential Psychology Section

13 September 2019 - 15 September 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration is required. Deadlines can be found on Programme tab.
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This conference will explore Psychogenesis.

We welcome submissions from academics, researchers, practitioners, students and others concerned with Psychogenesis, including both psychologists and those from other relevant disciplines.

Call for Papers

We would like to invite papers on the following topics and any other areas that address the conference theme:

  • placebos, psychoneuroimmunology, psychosomatics
  • bio/neuro feedback, hypnosis, use of imagery in psychotherapy, healing and and sport psychology
  • physiological effects of meditation, exceptional mental control of body states
  • causal efficacy of intention and related mental states, including self-healing
  • theoretical understanding of mind/body causal relationships including differences in Eastern and Western understanding of these relationships

Additional information and details of how to submit can be found under the Programme Tab and when you go through to Register.

University of Sussex
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This conference will focus on the evidence for mental influences on states of the body, brain and phenomenal experience, for example in the study of psychosomatics, functional disorders in psychiatry and neurology, psychoneuroimmunology, placebo effects in medicine, and research on the physiological and psychological consequences of meditation, visual imagery, biofeedback, and hypnosis on body, brain and phenomenal experience.

Within science and clinical practice, it is largely taken for granted that physical causes can have physical effects and that in certain cases physical causes can have mental effects, for example in the way that changes in body and brain can produce changes in consciousness. However, that mental causes can have physical as well as mental effects has sometimes been regarded as problematic.

This interdisciplinary conference will examine empirical, clinical and theoretical approaches as well as evidence on how these relationships can be explored and understood. All perspectives welcome. 

  • Submission for papers, symposia and workshops closes 23:59 Thursday 1 August 2019
  • Submission for posters closes 23:59 Thursday 1 August 2019
  • Submission outcome for papers, symposia and workshops by Wednesday 14 August 2019 
  • Submission outcome for posters by Wednesday 21 August 2019
  • Bursary applications close 23:59 Thursday 1 August 2019
  • Bursary outcome notifications Wednesday 14 August 2019
  • Early bird registration closes 23:59 Wednesday 31 July 2019
  • Registrations including meals, drinks reception, tea and coffee close 23:59 Thursday 5 September 2019
  • Registrations excluding meals, drinks reception, tea and coffee close 23:59 Friday 12 September 2019

Submissions can be oral or poster presentations, workshops and symposia. Submission abstracts should be 250-500 words, exclusive of the title. Abstracts of accepted papers are accessible to conference attendees. 
Please structure your abstract according to one of the formats below, incorporating the indicated headings into your abstract. We advise you to keep a copy of the abstract you submit.

To submit your Abstract please follow the link below accordingly:

Empirical Papers/Posters

Objectives State the primary objective of the presentation and the major hypothesis tested or research question posed.
Design & Methods Outline the design of the study and the rationale for the procedures adopted. Describe the number of participants and how they were selected, materials employed (if appropriate) and methods of data collection.
Results Outline the analytic strategies employed and summarise the results of the study. Include numerical and/or textual data. For qualitative analyses briefly describe your findings (e.g., themes, categories, discourses identified).
Conclusions State the conclusions that can be drawn from the study, including theoretical, methodological, and/or applied/policy implications as appropriate and key limitations.

Review/Theoretical and Practice-based Papers/Posters

Purpose State the aim or primary objectives of the presentation.
Background Give a concise summary of information which places the presentation in context.
Approach Provide details of the procedures adopted and their rationale (e.g., literature search and methods of analysis) and/or key arguments and theoretical positions.
Conclusions State the conclusions that can be drawn from the work described, including theoretical, methodological and/or applied/policy implications as appropriate and key limitations.


Aim State the aims of the workshop and expected outcomes for participants. 
Context Give a concise summary of information that places the session in context. 
Key points Provide details of key arguments or the skills and activities covered.
Conclusion State the conclusions that can be drawn from the work described including theoretical, methodological, or applied/policy implications as appropriate.


Each symposium needs a title and symposium summary as well as abstracts for each of the 3 or 4 individual presentations within it. The symposium summary abstract needs to describe the theme, objectives and the relevance of the individual contributions to the symposium. The individual abstracts for each presentation within the symposium cover Purpose/Objectives, Background/Design&Method, Approach/Results, and Conclusion as appropriate - dependent on whether the abstract relates to an empirical, theoretical or other type of presentation. The symposium convenor submits the symposia summary and individual abstracts. You may also wish to have a discussant. 

All proposals must include

  • Title

  • Name

  • Institutional affiliation (if applicable) of the presenter

  • Email of presenter

  • Name and institutional affiliation (where applicable) of each co-author

  • Abstract (250-500 words)

Time allowed

Symposia will normally be allocated an hour and a half including discussion. 
Papers will normally be allocated 30 minutes. 
Workshops will normally be allocated one or one and a half or two hours. Please indicate in your submission if you wish to request a particular length of time for your workshop and if there is a limit on the number of attendees please indicate the maximum number.

The timetable will include poster session(s) where presenters and participants have the chance to discuss the work described. 

Reviewers will be assessing each submission on its quality, clarity, interest and relevance. The quality of the submission concerns its contribution to knowledge, the extent to which it informs the practical application of knowledge, the extent to which it provides insight into the issues it addresses, its methodological thoroughness, and originality. In the case of symposia submissions, the reviewing procedure will take account of the symposium as a whole as well as the merit and importance of any individual contributions. Each submission is blind reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Committee.

Submissions are considered solely on the information you provide. If reviewers feel that a particular submission lends itself to a different format than that which is proposed authors will be invited to consider an alternative format. 

Authors will be notified of the referees’ decision via email. The decision of referees is final. The Conference Committee are unable to respond to further enquiries once a decision has been made. Every effort will have been made to accommodate any timetable constraints notified at the time of submission. All correspondence re symposia is conducted through the Convenor who is responsible for keeping presenters informed. 

There are five bursaries open to postgraduate students and psychologists within 20 years of qualifying. Papers (empirical, theoretical/review/practice-based), symposia and workshops are eligible for consideration. Posters are not eligible. The bursaries will be awarded to the best submissions that fit the programme and complement other submissions. Bursaries vary - some include accommodation, others whole conference or day delegate registration. Travel will not be covered. 

Applicants should also indicate if they are CEP members. Successful applicants will be contacted via email. You should hear by 14 August 2019 if you have been successful. 

All presenters are expected to register and pay at the appropriate rate. Early bird rates expire 31 July 2019. 
Audio visual requirements 
A data projector and flipchart will be available in the teaching rooms. 
Code of Conduct
Abstract authors must confirm adherence to the BPS’s Code of Ethics and Conduct. Note especially the section on Integrity and the importance of sub-sections  4.1iii and  4.1vi. Copies of the Code may be obtained either from the Society’s website: bps.org.uk/what-we-do/bps/ethics-standards/ethics-standards or from their Leicester office.
The use of non-sexist language
BPS policy advocates submissions that avoid sexist language where possible. For example, use plurals such as they/their rather than he/she or his/her. Delete pronouns, e.g., the participant completed the task (not his/her). Avoid specifying the gender of the referent unless relevant, e.g., use counsellor, client or participant.

Professor John Gruzelier, Goldsmiths, University of London, Mind-body connections disclosed through neurofeedback and hypnotic interventions
John Gruzelier MA PhD is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London. Research interests: schizophrenia, EEG, neurofeedback, and hypnosis. With more than 400 publications and over 13,000 citations, he was co-editor of the International Journal of Psychophysiology, 1984-2004, edited Contemporary Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy, 2001-2012, and, in 2002, established the Society of Applied Neuroscience.
Dr Jeremy Howick, Oxford University, Why we need to understand and avoid the nocebo effect in clinical practice and clinical trials
Jeremy Howick is an award winning philosopher, medical researcher, and Director of the Oxford Empathy Programme at the University of Oxford. He was recently awarded the British Medical Association Dawkins and Strutt award to pursue research on the health benefits of empathic care. His research has appeared on the BBC, the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, and elsewhere.
Professor Max Velmans, Goldsmiths, University of London, How could conscious experiences affect brains?
Max Velmans,  Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths, has been involved in consciousness studies for over 40 years. His pioneering integrative work on the philosophy, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology of consciousness has led to over 130 publications including his widely praised Understanding Consciousness (2000, 2009), How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains? (2003) and Towards a Deeper Understanding of Consciousness (2017).


Russ Pariseau, Documentary filmmaker, The mind/body relationship underlying heat generation in Tibetan Tum-mo meditation. Film followed by discussion with director
Russ Pariseau is the filmmaker who produced this documentary, working with Dr Herbert Benson, Mind-Body Medicine Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, as he transformed from neutral scientific skeptic into a figure widely recognised for his work building awareness of Mind-Body Medicine. 

If you have any queries regarding this event please contact Member Network Services, quoting 'CEP- 21 Annual Conference-13-15 September' at: 

Alternatively telephone during office hours on +44 (0) 116 252 9515 stating the name and date of the event.     

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