Neurophenomenology and phenomenological control

 Zoomed out view of a display cabinet on a wall.  Label says Waveguard EEG caps used to record electrical activity in the brain. Top shelf has four polystyrene heads, three wearing caps.  The bottom shelf displays assorted equipment used during the experiments, including gel, coloured stickers, toothbrushes and cotton pads.

Our research

Neurophenomenology emphasises the importance of first-person descriptions of conscious experiences that are amenable to neurocognitive methodologies, with the overarching aim of explaining these experiences in terms of neural mechanisms. We apply this approach to a wide range of phenomena, including synaesthesia (Schwartzman, Seth), visual hallucinations (Hewitt, Schwartzman, Seth), flicker light stimulation(Beaute, Hewitt, Schwartzman, Seth), psychedelics (Schwartzman, Seth). As part of this we study individual differences in perception (see Perception, Learning and Memory). Here, a particular interest in in phenomenological control and demand characteristics. Phenomenological control refers to an individual's ability to modify their experiences. Individual differences in this trait have the potential to explain varying responses to demand characteristics in a wide range of psychological experiments.


Romy Beaute; Zoltan Dienes; Trevor Hewitt; Peter Lush; David Schwartzman; Anil Seth