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States of Consciousness

Experimental Insights into Meditation, Waking, Sleep and Dreams

  • Dean Cvetkovic
  • Irena Cosic

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Dean Cvetkovic
    Pages 1-27
  3. Olivia Gosseries, Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse, Marie-Aurélie Bruno, Athena Demertzi, Caroline Schnakers, Mélanie M. Boly et al.
    Pages 29-55
  4. Michael Schredl, Daniel Erlacher
    Pages 93-108
  5. Dean Cvetkovic, Irena Cosic
    Pages 157-185
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-280

About this book


In this accessible overview of current knowledge, an expert team of editors and authors describe experimental approaches to consciousness. These approaches are shedding light on some of the hitherto unknown aspects of the distinct states of human consciousness, including the waking state, different states of sleep and dreaming, meditation and more. The book presents the latest research studies by the contributing authors, whose specialities span neuroscience, neurology, biomedical engineering, clinical psychology and psychophysiology, psychosocial medicine and anthropology. Overall this anthology provides the reader with a clear picture of how different states of consciousness can be defined, experimentally measured and analysed. A future byproduct of this knowledge may be anticipated in the development of systematic corrective treatments for many disorders and pathological problems of consciousness.


Alternative states of consciousness Consciousness Electrophysiological monitoring Meditation Sleep and dreaming

Editors and affiliations

  • Dean Cvetkovic
    • 1
  • Irena Cosic
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Electrical, and Computer EngineeringRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Portfolio Science, Engineering &, TechnologyRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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From the reviews:

“This collection of research studies the intricate nature of human consciousness, focusing on the waking state; the different stages of sleep; dreaming; and meditation. This comprehensive reference proves vital to the work of neuroscientists, neurologists, biomedical engineers and clinical psychologists, in addition to religious, philosophical and educational professionals.” (The Electric Review, October, 2012)