Building a Science of Consciousness

To improve the lives of sentient beings

Founded in 2018, our focus lies in developing a mathematical framework for subjective experience and understanding emotional valence. Our rigorous research and theoretical insights are directed towards mapping the state-space of conscious experience. We maintain a collaborative community of researchers and thinkers, all dedicated to creating technologies that improve the well-being of sentient beings.

Featured Research


Is annealing the key condition for successful psychedelic psychotherapy?


Digital computers may remain unconscious until they recruit physical fields for holistic computing using well-defined topological boundaries.


An analysis of the phenomenology of DMT with algorithmic, geometric and information-theoretic frameworks.


Rating, ranking, and comparing peak experiences suggest the existence of long tails for pleasure and pain.


Explaining phenomenal time with implicit causal structures in networks of local binding.


Michael Johnson's hypothesis that if an experience can be represented by a mathematical object, then the symmetry of that object corresponds with its hedonic tone.


Qualia Mastery
This guided meditation series leverages principles of neural field annealing, valence structuralism, and dynamical systems theory to induce specific, reproducible transformations in consciousness. Practices modulate parameters like energetic arousal, symmetry, and complexity to traverse a state-space of possible experiences.
Phenomenological Reporting
Our guide provides tips for writing useful trip reports that focus on the phenomenal character of experiences. High-quality reports allow researchers to better understand the landscape of possible conscious experiences and further our understanding of how the mind works.

Examples of scientifically useful trip reports:

Psychophysics Toolkit
The Qualia Research Institute's Tracer Replication Tool! This tool was created to collect quantitative data about psychedelic tracers. You’re welcome to explore the tool without submitting data or submit a data point anonymously.
Modeling Psychedelic Tracers with QRI’s Psychophysics Toolkit: The Tracer Replication Tool