Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice ® is a cross-disciplinary journal that encompasses experimental, clinical, and social psychology, as well as cognitive science and neuroscience.

Conscious experiences . [] The person is not unconscious.There are also many common experiences that create altered states of consciousness (ASC), such as sleeping or daydreaming, sleep deprivation, euphoria or panic. Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a psychedelic drug that reliably induces an altered state of consciousness. We know what it is like to be conscious – to have awareness, a conscious ‘mind’, but who, or what, are ‘we’ who know such things? Studies with anesthesia showed patients responding to commands or communicating, but later having no memory of doing so. A classification of states of consciousness with clinical examples of such states is presented to aid in a more clear understanding of human behavior. How is the subjective nature of phenomenal experience – our ‘inner life’ - to be explained in scientific terms? Full text Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (702K), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. An altered state of consciousness is a change in one's normal mental state as a result of trauma or accident or induced through meditation, drugs, some foods, etc. While conscious (cs) experience has been discussed throughout history, the late 19 th century saw a rise in physicalistic reductionism, which, in its more extreme forms, declared "consciousness" and kindred terms to be unscientific. The term “altered state of consciousness” (ASC and plural ASCs) became prominent in the 1960s as a replacement for terms such as “ecstasy,” “trance,” “hallucination,” and “mystical experience” to describe conditions (states of consciousness) that are qualitatively different from “ordinary” or “baseline” states of consciousness. UNITARY CONSCIOUSNESS. Interest in psychedelic compounds is growing due to their remarkable potential for understanding altered neural states and potential clinical applications.

Introduction. However, there are major knowledge gaps regarding LSD’s neuropharmacology.

It publishes articles on theory, research, methodology, and clinical applications related to the psychology of consciousness. Consciousness is not a simple state that is either on or off. The nature of consciousness remains deeply mysterious and profoundly important, with existential, medical and spiritual implication.