Scientific research on trance states and it’s different applications for well-being and creativity.
Trance states have been practiced for millennia among large number of human cultures, providing guidance and healing to communities.
Today, neuroscience is rediscovering these states as fundamental capacities of the human brain and potentially useful resources in processes of cognitive amplification and personal transformation.
Trained for several years in traditional trance practices in Mongolia, Corine Sombrun initiated the first scientific research into Mongolian shamanic trance (Flor Henry et al. 2017). Since 2007 she has participated in several studies demonstrating that the trance state is not only a potential of every human brain, but that it is also possible to induce it by will alone thanks to the creation of a methodology for inducing a reversible trance state, accessible at will and in total autonomy, called Self-Induced Cognitive Trance (SICT).
The TranceScience Research Institute, co-founded in 2019 by Pr Francis Taulelle and Corine Sombrun, aims to characterize the effects of the practice of Auto-Induite Cognitive Trance (AICT), at the cerebral, behavioral and physiological levels, but also to explore new therapeutic avenues integrating this discipline into training and patient support. Chaired since 2021 by Pr François Féron and directed by Dr Audrey Breton, the Institut TranceScience contributes to the design, coordination and funding of major scientific studies, in partnership with academic and hospital institutions in Europe and internationally.