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

  • MD Marik Cassard
    Paris, France

  • Dr. 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

  • Dr. Olivia Gosseries
    PhD, Neuropsychologist, FNRS Research Associate & co-director of the Coma Science Group, GIGA-Consciousness, University of Liege, Liège, Belgium

  • Pr. Marc Henry
    Professor, University of Strasbourg, Chemistry and Quantum Physics, Strasbourg, France

  • MD Kirsten Keesmann
    Vannes, France

  • MD Jean-Pierre Lablanchy
    Psychiatrist, Paris, France

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

  • MD Amélie Leboucher
    Paris, France

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

  • Dr. Angélique Rascle
    PhD, Executive Strategic Program Manager: XR research and technological developments, innovationCEA, Grenoble, France

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

  • Dr. Sarah Schimchowitsch
    PhD, CNRS Researcher, Strasbourg University, Strasbourg, France

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

  • Dr. Audrey Vanhaudenuyse
    PhD, Psychologist, Sensation & Perception Research Group, GIGA Consciousness, University of Liege & Algology Department, University Hospital of Liege, Belgium


  • Dominique Gonzales-Fœrster

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