Alef Trust Team - Matt Colborn

Matt Colborn, D.Phil




Matt holds an MSc. with Distinction in cognitive science from the University of Birmingham and a D.Phil in biology from the University of Sussex. His book Pluralism and the Mind: Consciousness, Worldviews and the Limits of Science was published in 2011 to favourable reviews. Matthew has contributed to parapsychology with academic contributions on the ‘decline effect’ and has been a member of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) since 1998. He currently serves on the SPR’s Survival Research Committee.

Matthew is also a health coach with a level 3 diploma in GP referral from the Wright Foundation and level 4 specialisations in Mental Health and Obesity & Diabetes. He has a deep interest in Tibetan Buddhism and is a practitioner of meditation and yoga. He has written speculative fiction and is a painter.

Research interests

His research interests include topics in Consciousness Studies which includes parapsychology and anomalistic psychology, ecopsychology, animal consciousness and the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

Key publications

Colborn, M. (2018). Decline Effect in Parapsychology. Psi Encyclopedia. The Society for Psychical Research.

Colborn, M. (2011). Pluralism and the mind: consciousness, worldviews and the limits of science. Imprint Academic.

Colborn, M. (2007). The decline effect in spontaneous and experimental psychical research. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 71, 1-22.

Colborn, M., Ahmad-Annuar, A., Fauria, K., & Collett, T. S. (1999). Contextual modulation of visuomotor associations in bumble‐bees (Bombus terrestris). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 266(1436), 2413–2418.

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