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Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section

The Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section was formed in 1997 as the first network of a nationally representative body of professional psychologists devoted to the study of Consciousness in the modern era.


Consciousness was the original focus of psychological research and is once more a central topic of inquiry.

The primary purpose of the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section 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.

Our main areas of interest include:

  • Consciousness studies
  • Phenomenological psychology
  • Psychology of well-being
  • Cultural and ecological perspectives

We post details of events and activities on this webpage, on our CEP Facebook and Twitter pages, and on the main BPS events list.

For further information you can also email us at [email protected]

Further Consciousness and Experiential Psychology 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., Troscianko, E. (2018), Consciousness: An Introduction, Third Edition, London: Routledge

Cardeña, E., Lynn, S. J., Krippner, S. [Eds.] (2014), Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence, Second Edition, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

Cardeña, E., Winkelman, M. [Eds.] (2011), Altering Consciousness: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger

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

Henry, J. [Ed.] (2006), Parapsychology: Research into Exceptional Experiences. New York: Routledge

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

Pickering, J. [Ed.] (1997), The Authority of Experience: Essays on Buddhism and Psychology, Curzon Studies in Ancient Philosophy, London: Routledge/Curzon

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

Velmans, M. [Ed.] (2018), Consciousness (Critical Concepts in Psychology) Major Works Series (4 Volumes), London: 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 Handbook of Consciousness, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

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

Consciousness and Experiential Psychology

Consciousness and Experiential Psychology is circulated to members of the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section.



Chair: Jane Henry ([email protected])

Honorary Treasurer: John Pegler

Honorary Secretary: Vacant

Committee Members

  • John Martin
  • Mitzi MacGregor

Consciousness and Experiential Newsletter Editor: Jane Henry

Social Media and Communications: Vacant

Web Officer: Vacant

Postgraduate Representative: Joshua Bolam

PsyPAG Representative: Vacant

Representative of Young Scholars: Lea Martinon

Social Media Representative: Ros Bell


Membership of the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

If you are not already a BPS member, you can join the Section at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

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Benefits of belonging

Benefits of Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section Membership

  • Annual conference, study days and other events
  • Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Newsletter
  • Interdisciplinary dialogue
  • Network of academics, practitioners, students and others with similar interests 
  • Reduced registration fees for CEP conferences and events
  • Updates about developments in the field

Member Announcement Email List

The Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

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Getting involved with the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Committee

The Consciousness and Experiential Section relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Section is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or students members, and together form an open and inclusive community.