A.S.C. Study Monitor

The Altered States of Consciousness Study Monitor is a database of scientific and research publications concerning altered states of consciousness.

The ASC Study Monitor provides a platform for researchers, students and the public to freely access a regularly updated selection of quality academic papers. The aim of the Monitor is to ensure a free, comprehensive and reliable resource of information concerning altered states of mind.

Publications included in the ASC Study Monitor investigate mental states significantly different than ‘normal waking consciousness’. The Monitor encompasses interdisciplinary research on methods that alter the subjective experience through non-pharmacological methods, such as meditation or breathwork, as well as by means of natural and synthetic psychotropic substances. Moreover, it gathers publications exploring the “mind & brain sciences” and their links to culture and society.

ASC Study Monitor is constantly updated & evaluated

Publications are carefully evaluated and selected with the help of a criteria selection profile, which considers the relevance to study of ASCs and the reliability of the journal. The latter is established through several criteria, such as scientific journal rankings and exclusion of predatory journals. For open access articles, full texts are included in the database.

ASC Study Monitor publications are categorized

The publications featured in the Monitor are sorted by disciplines in order to facilitate the browsing experience:

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Effects of non-pharmacological practices and ASCs on behavior and mental processes, such as perception, attention and emotions.

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Effects of psychoactive substances on behavior and mental processes, including psychotherapy.

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Effects of psychoactive substances on cell function and the neural mechanisms of behavior.

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Biochemical and physiological effects of psychoactive substances on the organism, outside the central nervous system.

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Effects of non-pharmacological practices and ASCs on the central nervous system.

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Philosophical topics, such as philosophical and applied ethics, philosophy of mind & philosophy of science.

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Cognitive Science

Publications featuring theories of mind.

Social Sciences

Psychoactive substances, practices and ASCs, and their links to sociology, history and public policy.

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Cultural Studies

ASCs in contexts of anthropology, cultural practices, and their medial representations.

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Psychoactive substances and their chemical properties, including synthesis, detection and interactions.


Psychoactive plants in their indigenous context – ritual and therapeutic uses by native populations, environmental impact.

ASC Study Monitor Team

This resource has been made available thanks to the dedication of our team of developers and reviewers. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for making this possible to:  

Jagoda Mackowiak  

Lukas Basedow 

Felix Peppert 

Torsten Rüter 

Radu Gota 

Monika Bar 


In case of questions, criticism, suggestions for publications or ideas for further development, please contact [email protected] 

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