Etzel Cardeña

Professor, Ph. D.

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Center for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology, CERCAP

Etzel Cardeña has directed CERCAP, the Center for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology, since 2005.

He and his collaborators conduct research on anomalous experiences,  the neurophenomenology of altered states, the relation between states of consciousness and performance in psi tasks, dissociative reactions to trauma, and related topics

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Most recently, a paper co-authored with Matti Cervin and Sabina Gušić got an Honorable Mention for the Richard P. Kluft 2022 Best Article from the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and Etzel received the 2021 Outstanding Career Award from the Parapsychological Association.


His more than 400 publications include the influential books Varieties of Anomalous Experience (now in a second edition and translated into Portuguese),  the 2 volumes of Altering Consciousness: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century, and Acute Reactions to Trauma and Psychotherapy. He has published in many of the top journals of his field, including American Journal of Psychiatry, American Psychologist, Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Cortex, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and Psychological Bulletin, among others.

Etzel Cardeña holds the Thorsen Chair in psychology including parapsychology and hypnosis. He was elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS), among other organizations. His research, theoretical, historical, and pedagogical contributions have received 25 awards from various academic and professional organizations.

He teaches courses on Altered States of Consciousness and Parapsychology, and Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and conducts and supervises research on his areas of interest.

Etzel has also been active as a professional theatre director, actor, and writer in México, the USA, and Sweden.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences

Free keywords

  • Consciousness
  • Hypnosis
  • Parapsychology
  • Dissociation
  • Trauma
  • Mind wandering
  • Meditation
  • Performance
  • LSSMC: Methods


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