TranceScience carries out scientific research, while exploring the potential applications of trance in a diverse range of fields

What we do

Fundamental research on brain structure & activity

TranceScience is responsible for a number of research projects on brain structure and activity in trance states by dissociating conscious and unconscious processes exhibiting cognitive expansion.

Including :

  • Neuroscientific studies of the brain during trance
    Understanding cognitive trance state on trance practitioners using MRI, fMRI, EEG, TMS, in collaboration with Alberta Hospital (Pr. Flor-Henry, Pr. Yakov Shapiro – Flor-Henry et al. 2017) and « and the University Hospital of Liege and the University of Liege (Pr. Steven Laureys, Dr. Olivia Gosseries, Dr Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse).
  • Cognitive expansion effect
    Identification of the consciousness dissociation and amplification mode of cognition
Pr Steven Laureys, Clinical Professor and FNRS Resarch Director, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium
PET scan at CHU de Liege

Exploring the applications of self-induced cognitive trance

TranceScience is exploring multiple applications of self-induced cognitive trance, including:

  • Artistic education and creativity
    Studying the impact of expanding cognitive perceptions in the arts
  • Self-awareness, coaching, psychotherapy
    Using self-induced cognitive trance as a tool for increased self-awareness and self-guidance
  • Post-traumatic states
    Using self-induced cognitive trance as a tool to alleviate the effects of trauma
  • Functional motor rehabilitation
    Using self-induced cognitive trance as a tool to boost the self-healing process
  • Psychiatry
    Collaborating with psychiatrists to study the effect of trance on alleviating psychiatric conditions
  • Research of new tools, blueprints, protocols and methodologies to educate and train people in accessing and integrating trance states
Call for volunteers

Clinical studies

First global study on self-induced trance with a clinical application.

Hypnosis – Cognitive trance – Meditation

Clinical study – Call for volunteers

Teams from the “CHU de Liège” / GIGA-Consciousness, the University of Liège and the TranceScience Research Institute (Paris) are pooling their expertise to launch an innovative project on the effects of self-induced cognitive trance practiced in oncology patients.

This project, supported by the French Foundation against Cancer and Télévie, will be the first worldwide study on trance with a clinical application.

Dr Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse (Centre Interdisciplinaire d’Algologie, CHU & GIGA Consciousness), Dr Olivia Gosseries (researcher at FNRS, GIGA-Consciousness, University of Liège and “Centre du Cerveau”, CHU) and Charlotte Grégoire (post-doctoral researcher) will focus on the effects of learning self-induced cognitive trance on emotional management, pain, fatigue, anxiety and depression in patients with cancer (compared to the effects of learning self- hypnosis or meditation).

EEG at CHU de Liege
EEG trancer cohorte and GIGA-Consciousness team member - Liège
Drs Charlotte Grégoire, Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse et Olivia Gosseries, responsables de l’étude en oncologie au CHU de Liège

How we work

An international network

of scientific collaborations — in particular with academic neuroscience laboratories — to study trance states as a way of discovering the fundamental aspects of brain function

Research and development

of tools for the safe and effective use of self-induced cognitive trance in a diversity of fields

Media and conferences

to share research and experiments (scientific meetings, articles, books, movies, conferences)​

Training modalities

of self-induced cognitive trance for individuals and groups, in academic, therapeutic, corporate environments; development of programs to train teachers in self-induced cognitive trance


for PhD and Post-Docs students

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