The Altered States of Consciousness Study Monitor is a database of scientific and research publications concerning altered states of consciousness and, as such, represents the MIND Foundation’s oldest project, which is still treasured.

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 Monitor aims 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, and natural and synthetic psychotropic substances. Moreover, it gathers publications exploring the “mind & brain sciences” and their links to culture and society.

Constantly updated & evaluated

Publications are carefully evaluated and selected with the help of a criteria selection profile, which considers the relevance to the study of ASCs and the journal’s reliability. 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.

 publications are categorized

The publications featured in the Monitor are sorted by disciplines 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.

neuroscience (4)


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.

cognitive science (1)

Cognitive Science

Publications related to the study of the human mind.

social sciences (1)

Social Sciences

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

cultural studies

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.

ethnobotany (1)


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

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Are you interested in being part of the ASC Study Monitor Team? We are currently looking for volunteers with coding skills, who would like to help us make the ASC Study Monitor a better resource for anyone interested in research on psychedelic substances and their potentials. We’re happy to offer you unique access to our programs, lectures, and workshops too!

For more information, check out our currently open positions:

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