Micro-phenomenological interview training


The micro-phenomenological interview is a methodology for the study of lived experience. It is characterized by its practical approach: it uses and develops specific tools and procedures that allow the systematic study of subjective experience, within the enactive framework.

It derives from «L’entretien d’explicitation», an interview method developed by the French psychologist Pierre Vermersch to investigate the procedural aspect of learning and problem solving. It was later developed in the context of cognitive sciences by Claire Petitmengin as part of the neurophenomenology project, a research program proposed by Francisco Varela to develop a science of consciousness.

This research program proposed to integrate the study of the experiential dimension of cognitive phenomena (first-person data) with the study of its neurophysiological counterpart (third-person data).

Currently, the micro-phenomenological interview has transcended the field of cognitive science and is used by researchers from various disciplines who are interested in collecting and analyzing descriptions of experience from an enactive perspective. For this reason, this training is oriented to professionals from different areas of knowledge who are looking for new methodological tools to inquire about human experience.

our proposal

This on-line training addresses the techniques for conducting the micro-phenomenological interview applied to the development of a research project. 

The contents are organized in a week-long thematic module and are reinforced through two practice and supervision (P&S) sessions. In general terms, the module is characterized by the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge. The participants will be progressively introduced to the methodology’s framework, key concepts, and procedures.

In order to achieve the learning objectives, different teaching and learning strategies will be employed including theoretical lectures, guided exercises, group discussions, and individual work. These activities seek to stimulate the inquiry of lived experiences and deepen the knowledge and self-directed application of the methodological tools provided.

The practice and supervision sessions (P&S) are spaces for feedback which offer the possibility to voice out questions, observations, etc. regarding the topics and practical exercises developed throughout the module and in the required individual work.

The training provides learning experiences to a group of participants who, in general, work in different disciplines and countries, generating a space for exchange and dialogue where the appropriation of the methodology takes place in a very enriching context.


Thematic module: From the 8th to the 12th May,  from 9am to 4pm (North America CST)

Practice & supervision session 1: 15th June, from 10am to 1pm (North America CST)

Practice & supervision session 2:  13 July from 10am to 1pm (North America CST)

To know more about the training you can write us to contacto.lafec@gmail.com