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Laughlin C. D. & Rock A. J. (2013) Neurophenomenology: Enhancing the experimental and cross-cultural study of brain and experience. In: Editor (ed.) The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. PUBLISHER, PLACE: 261–280. Fulltext at
Every thought, image, feeling, intuition, awareness and sensory experience is mediated by the organ of experience – the brain. This chapter discusses the concepts of consciousness and phenomenology, and goes on to talk about the origin and meaning of the concept of neurophenomenology. It focuses on “study of experience” and examines the natural biological basis of lived experience. The chapter explores the range of problems that might profitably come within the purview of a neurophenomenological analysis. For cognitive neurophenomenology, the implications are radical, in that the approach requires considerable alteration in the design of laboratory or clinical research protocols. For cultural neurophenomenologists, the challenge is to acquire the requisite training in neuroscience (or add a neuroscientist to the team) as well as learn to use transpersonal field methods to access the experiences had by one’s non‐Western hosts while in alternative states of consciousness.


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