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 Cardeña 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 relation between hypnotizability and performance in psi tasks, and dissociative reactions to trauma.



Most recently, he received the 2021 Outstandin Career Award from the Parapsychological Association for his work.


His close to 400 publications include the influential book Varieties of Anomalous Experience (now in a second edition and translated into Portuguese),  the 2 volumes of Altering Consciousness: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Acute Reactions to Trauma and Psychotherapy, and Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century.

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

Marcos López & Etzel Cardeña, 2021 Jan 11, In: Death Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Etzel Cardeña & Lena Lindström, 2021, Spirituallity and mental health across culture. Moreira-Almeida, A., Paz Mosqueiro, B. & Bhugra, D. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 95-113

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Marilyn Schlitz, Daryl Bem, David Marcusson-Clavertz, Etzel Cardeña & et al., 2021, In: Journal of Scientific Exploration. 35, 1, p. 65-90

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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