Etzel Cardeña


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences


  • Consciousness, Hypnosis, Parapsychology, Dissociation, Trauma, Mind wandering, Meditation, Performance


Center for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology, CERCAP

Etzel heads CERCAP, the Center for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology. 

He and his collaborators conduct research on anomalous experiences, the neurophenomenology of hypnotic phenomena, high hypnotizability and dissociation, the relationship between hypnotizability and performance in psi tasks, and the relationship between dissociation and trauma.



Etzel Cardeña recently received the 2013 Charles Honorton Integrative Contributions Award from the Parapsychological Association for his work.


His more than 300 publications include the influential book Varieties of Anomalous Experience (now in a second edition and translated into Portuguese) and the 2 volumes of Altering Consciousness: Multidisciplinary Perspectives.

Etzel Cardeña holds the Thorsen Chair in psychology including parapsychology and hypnosis. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS), among other organizations. His research, theoretical, and pedagogical contributions have received awards from 4 different professional organizations and The University of Texas.

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 is the artistic director of the International Theatre of Malmö and has been a theatre director, actor, and writer in México, the USA, and Sweden.

Recent research outputs

Etzel Cardeña, 2020, In : Journal of Parapsychology. 84, 1, p. 143-145 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview (Book/Film/Exhibition/etc.)

Acunzo, D., Etzel Cardeña & Terhune, D. B., 2020, In : Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. 25, 3, p. 179-189

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Maier, M., Buechner, V., Deschamps, M., Pflitsch, M., Kurzrock, W., Tressoldi, P., Rabeyron, T., Etzel Cardeña, Marcusson-Clavertz, D. & Martsinkovskaja, T., 2020, In : PLoS ONE. 15, 8

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