Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice®

ISSN: 2326-5523
eISSN: 2326-5531
Published: quarterly, beginning in March

Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice ® is a cross-disciplinary journal that encompasses neuroscience, social, cognitive, experimental, and clinical psychology. It publishes articles on theory, research, methodology, and clinical applications related to the psychology of consciousness.

The journal devotes substantial coverage to topics that traditionally fall under the rubric of consciousness, as well as the scientific study of phenomena and experiences long considered to lie outside the boundary of traditional consciousness studies, and presents clinical approaches to modifying attention and consciousness more generally.

Research areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Attention, awareness, and automaticity
  • Information processing, memory, perception, and sensation
  • The neuroscience and psychobiology of consciousness
  • Hypnosis, suggestion, and suggestibility
  • Meditation, mindfulness, and interventions for modifying consciousness
  • Placebo effects
  • Sociocultural effects on consciousness
  • Fantasy, daydreaming, and mind-wandering
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Individual differences
  • Consciousness states associated with psychopathology
  • Phenomenology and measurement of conscious states
  • Unusual/anomalous experiences (e.g., mystical and near-death experiences, effects of hallucinogenic drugs, déjà vu)
  • Lucid dreaming, narcolepsy, sleep paralysis, effects of sleep deprivation on consciousness, minimally conscious states
  • Dissociation (e.g., depersonalization, derealization, out-of-body experiences)

The journal will not review submissions related to the effects of specific drugs on consciousness or sleep-related experiences, apart from the preceding topics.

Psychology of Consciousness welcomes theoretical papers, critical analyses, and literature reviews; however, the priority is on empirical papers, including meta-analyses and studies that describe the development of psychometrically sound measures that represent an addition to scientific knowledge.

The journal welcomes methodologically rigorous clinical case studies (e.g., single-case time series studies) and groundbreaking pilot studies; however, preference is given to randomized controlled clinical trials.

The editor will consider proposals for special issues on theory, methodological issues, and clinical applications.

Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Steven Jay Lynn
Binghamton University (SUNY)

Associate Editors

Brandon Gaudiano
Brown University

Guy Montgomery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Erik Woody
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Consulting Editors

Assen Alladin
University of Calgary Medical School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Sean Barnes
Denver VA Medical Center

Amanda Barnier
Macquarie University, NSW, Australia

Richard Bryant
University of New South Wales, NSW, Australia

Etzel Cardeña
Lund University, Lund, Sweden

James Allan Cheyne
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

James Council
North Dakota State University, Fargo

Daniel David
Babes-Boyes University, Romania

Richard Davidson
University of Wisconsin

Zoltan Dienes
University of Sussex, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Gary Elkins
Baylor University

Christopher French
University of London, London, United Kingdom

Maryanne Garry
Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Timo Giesbrecht
Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands

Joseph Green
The Ohio State University at Lima

Steven Hayes
University of Nevada, Reno

James Herbert
Drexel University

Graham Jamieson
University of New England, NSW, Australia

Blake Johnson
Macquarie University, NSW, Australia

Sakari Kallio
University of Skövde, Sweden and University of Turku, Finland

Ted Kaptchuk
Harvard Medical School

John Kihlstrom
University of California, Berkeley

Irving Kirsch
Harvard Medical School

Stan Klein
University of California, Santa Barbara

Elisa Krackow
West Virginia University

Stanley Krippner
Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA

V. K. Kumar
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Robert Kunzendorf
University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Jean-Roch Laurence
Concordia University

Scott Lilienfeld
Emory University

Elizabeth Loftus
University of California, Irvine

James MacKillop
McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

George Mashour
University of Michigan Medical School

Giuliana Mazzoni
University of Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Kevin McConkey
University of New South Wales, NSW, Australia

Doris McIlwain
Macquarie University, NSW, Australia

Richard McNally
Harvard University

Harald Merckelbach
Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands

Len Milling
University of Hartford

Vladimir Miskovic
Binghamton University

Peter Naish
The Open University

David Oakley
University of London, London, United Kingdom

Jaak Panksepp
Washington State University

Ronald Pekala
Coatesville, VA

Vince Polito
Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia

Amir Raz
McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Judith Rhue
Ohio University

Jonathan Schooler
University of California at Santa Barbara

Jonathan Smallwood
The University of York, York, United Kingdom

Daniel Smilek
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Auke Tellegen
University of Minnesota

Devin Terhune
University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

Max Velmans
University of London

Graham Wagstaff
University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Niels Waller
University of Minnesota

Flavie Waters
University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

David Watson
Notre Dame University

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Steven Jay Lynn
Binghamton University (SUNY)

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    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


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Other Information

Special Issues
  • Hypnosis

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychology of Consciousness, Vol. 1, No. 2, June 2014. Articles discuss the relevance of hypnosis to the understanding of a wide range of topics, including the nature of consciousness, suggestion, cognition, memory, highly hypnotizable participants, the study of delusions, and the relevance of hypnosis to health care.