TranceScience Research Institute

Scientific research on trance states and it’s different  applications for well-being and creativity.

Why TranceScience?

Trance states have been practiced for millennia among large number of human cultures, providing guidance and healing to communities.

Neuroscience is currently re-discovering those states as fundamental capabilities of each human brain and potentially useful tools for self-awareness, cognitive amplification, and personal transformation.

Thanks to her unique journey, Corine Sombrun has been at the forefront of three simultaneous efforts: the neuroscientific understanding of trance states; the exploration of their applications for our well-being and creativity; and the diffusion of tools allowing everyone to induce a trance through their own volition.

Having been recognised by the shamans of Mongolia as one of their own in the early 2000s, Corine Sombrun was trained for several years in traditional trance practices. She is at the origin of the first scientific research on Mongolian shamanic trance (Pr. Pierre Flor-Henry at the Alberta Hospital, Canada).

TranceScience was born from her meeting with Pr Francis Taulelle, Research Director at CNRS (France) and professor at KU Leuven (Belgium). They share the conviction that the phenomenon of trance and its benefits should be studied scientifically. They created TranceScience to pursue scientific research, while exploring the potential applications of trance in a variety of fields — from psychiatry and psychology to creativity and self-awareness.


  • Pr. Francis Taulelle and Corine Sombrun


  • Pr. François Féron, Président
    Faculty of Medicine Aix-Marseille, INP, CNRS, Manager of clinical trials in neural therapy, Marseille, France

  • Dr Audrey Breton 
    PhD, chercheure en neurosciences cognitives, Directrice du TranceScience Research Institute, Paris, France

  • Pr Guillaume Dumas
    PhD, Professor of Computational Psychiatry, University of Montreal, Canada

  • Dr. Pierre Etevenon
    PhD, former INSERM Research Director, Neurobiologist, Paris, France

  • Pr. Pierre Flor-Henry
    Professor, University of Alberta, Researcher in Hemispheric laterality and EEG imaging, Canada

  • Pr. Edward Frenkel
    Professor, Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, USA

  • Pr. Richard E. Harris
    Professor – Department of Anesthesiology – Director of Pain and Fatigue Neuroimaging at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor / chronic pain and fatigue, Michigan

  • Dr. Michael Hove
    Associate Professor – Fitchburg State University (Massachusetts) / Cognitive Neuroscience, rhythms and timing, Massachusetts

  • Pr. Steven Laureys
    Clinical Professor and FNRS Resarch Director, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium

  • Dr Alexandre Lehmann
    Associate Professor – McGill University, Montreal / Cognitive Neuroscience, plasticity and sensorimotor integration of audition, Montréal, Canada

  • Dr. Elie Le Quemener
    PhD, INRA Researcher, INRA Narbonne, France

  • Pr. Yakov Shapiro
    Professor, University of Alberta, Neuroscience  Psychotherapy Psychopharmacology, integration and evolutionary psychiatry, Canada

  • Pr. Agnès Trébuchon
    Professor, MD, PhD, Neurologist, Clinical Neurophysiologist, Neuroscientific research, Hopitaux Universitaires de Marseille, INSERM, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France


  • Dominique Gonzales-Fœrster

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