MPE is the abbreviation for ‘minimal phenomenal experience’. The main goal of this research project is to develop a minimal model of conscious experience. One background assumption is that self-consciousness, time representation, and self-location in a spatial frame of reference are not necessary conditions for consciousness to occur. Currently, the project uses an investigation of the phenomenology and neural correlates of specific subjective experiences in meditation as its main entry point, experiences which are later often described as episodes of ‘pure consciousness’.
Announcement: The official website of the MPE project has been moved to the website of the University of Mainz. You can find all the relevant information to the project here.