The EASE network project is funded by the program of international collaboration of the national scientific and technological research commission of the government of Chile (CONICYT-PAI).
The general objective of the project is to articulate an international and interdisciplinary network of researchers to facilitate exchange and production of knowledge around the theoretical, methodological and epistemological challenges posed by the implementation of an embodied approach in the study of experience.
During the last decades the study of experience has been (re) positioned as a central theme in different fields of knowledge. In cognitive sciences, for example, several research groups have reached the consensus that it is very difficult to advance in the understanding of cognitive phenomena without the existence of tools that allow the rigorous study of the experiential aspect of these phenomena. Also, the advent of an embodied approach to cognition produced a paradigm shift giving to bodily experience a primary place in the understanding of cognitive processes. This paradigm shift converges with new phenomenological approaches in psychology and psychiatry that give a central role to bodily experience for the understanding of cognition and mental health. These theoretical movements have generated the need for developing methodologies for the study of experience.
The development of such methodologies, so-called first-person methodologies, has revealed in turn a series of epistemological, methodological and conceptual challenges. Although researchers in different parts of the world are working to address such questions, it seems necessary to establish a network to share and exchange knowledge, to establish consensus regarding standards and criteria of validity and to give continuity and regularity to a joint work. It is hoped that the formation of this network will allow discussion and joint reflection on the theoretical, epistemological and methodological challenges posed by this approach.