Corine Sombrun & TranceScience

Watch this Google Talk between Corine Sombrun and Nadine Kreisberger, exploring the fascinating intersection between shamanic trance, neuroscience, and psychology.

Exploring myself and life by accessing different states of consciousness has been a key element of my personal development. In the past four years, I have been able to integrate it in my work thanks to the collaboration with Corine Sombrun.

Corine has spent the last two decades studying and practicing shamanic trance, while collaborating with neuroscientists and psychiatrists to understand its impact on the human brain and body.

After seeing the power and impact of such a trance on test groups and individuals, Corine developed a way for people to learn how to self-induce it, without the need for any external input or stimulus. Today, thanks to her work and her collaborations with various researchers, a new understanding of shamanic trance’s impact on the brain’s function is emerging (e.g. this scientific journal article). Together they are researching the applications of what is now called Cognitive Trance™, whether to help cure illnesses, psychiatric issues, or simply as a tool for self-awareness and self-transformation.

One of the main challenges and key issues is how to integrate the material experienced and revealed during the trance in one’s life. For this reason, Corine has been partnering with Nadine Kreisberger who brings her 20 years’ background in psychology and shamanic traditions to their collaboration. Together, they have been developing a protocol combining trance and psychological tools, which they share with individuals and groups, in private settings, universities and corporations.


Co-Founder & Co-President of TranceScience:

TranceScience is a research organization dedicated to the study of trance states.
It studies the brain functions related to those states, as well as the integration of non conscious perceptions.
TranceScience is a network of scientific collaborations at the cutting edge of brain and consciousness research.

Its creation was inspired by Corine Sombrun and her dedication to research trance states, as well as ways to self-induce them, both for personal development and therapeutic goals. I am a Co-Founder and Co-President of TranceScience, along with Francis Taulelle, professor at KU Leuven (Belgium) and director of research at France’s CNRS.