Max Velmans is professor emeritus of psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, fellow of the British Psychological Society, fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences and has been involved in consciousness studies for around 50 years.
His main research focus is on integrating work on the philosophy, cognitive psychology, and neuropsychology of consciousness, and, more recently, on East–West integrative approaches. He has over 120 publications on these topics. His book Understanding Consciousness (2000, 2nd ed. 2009) develops “reflexive monism”, a distinct analysis of consciousness. Other publications include Consciousness (2018), Towards a Deeper Understanding of Consciousness (2017), the co-edited Blackwell Companion to Consciousness (2007, 2nd ed. 2017), How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains? (2003), Investigating Phenomenal Consciousness: New Methodologies and Maps (2000), and The Science of Consciousness: Psychological, Neuropsychological and Clinical Reviews (1996). He was a co-founder and 2004–06 chair of the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, and an Indian Council of Philosophical Research National Visiting Professor for 2010–11.