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.

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 Auto-Induced Cognitive Trance (AICT).

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.


  • 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

  • Dr. Michael Koslowski
    MD, PhD, Psychiatrist, researcher at La Charité University Medicine, Berlin, Germany

  • 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

  • Pr. Cédric Villani
    Professor, Mathématics, Fields Medal 2010, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Académie des sciences, Former Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Fondation de l’écologie politiqueParis, France


  • Dominique Gonzales-Fœrster

  • Abraham Poincheval

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