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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 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:

Disciplines

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Psychology

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

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Psychopharmacology

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

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Neuropharmacology

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

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Pharmacology

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

neuroscience (4)

Neuroscience

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

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Philosophy

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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Chemistry

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

ethnobotany (1)

Ethnobotany

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 

Marvin Däumichen

 

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

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