PhD in Consciousness Studies and Stages of Adult Development

Posted April 24, 2012 by Aiden_Thornton in Open

commented on April 27, 2012
by Aiden_Thornton



Hello IONS members,

Hoping to get some support and direction.

I want to make a contribution to the growing body of research in consciousness studies and stages of adult development.

I'd like to do my PhD in psychology looking at one of the following potential topics:

- what actually causes transformation in consciousness / vertical development? e.g. is it only external life conditions? Or can internal practices (e.g. yoga, zen meditation etc.) make a difference in accelerating this process as some spiritual progressives would suggest?

- what are the most effective and holistic ways to measure transformation in consciousness / vertical development? (e.g. develop a measure that looks holistically at neural activity / problem solving capacity / linguistic patterns / behavioural observations / learning capacity / expressed values etc. )

- what are the specific implications of consciousness transformation / vertical development on global leadership given our increasingly complex social context and capability to solve substantial social / environmental issues ?

However, it's very challenging to find a university that is interested in such topics.

I'm based in Melbourne, Australia - but location isn't an issue. I just want to be surrounded by global thought leaders in this area.

Does anyone have a idea which university / academics I could approach?

Thanks so much,


  • Aiden_Thornton Apr 27, 2012

    Thank you both that's very helpful. I'm aware that Harvard University do some work in Adult Development through their Faculty of Education and also Fielding University.

    Appreciate your support.

    Let me know if anyone else has additional ideas.

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    dustproduction Apr 26, 2012

    I would suggest the first place to start is getting your hands on a copy of "Incomplete Nature" by Terrence Deacon
    There are a few reviews of this book of the web, as well as this one by a co-researcher, Jeremy Sherman.



  • Fallensoul Apr 25, 2012

    Here's an option: http://www.bvinst.edu/

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