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Contribution of religiousness in the prediction and interpretation of mystical experiences in a sensory deprivation context: activation of religious schemas
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0022-3980, E-ISSN 1940-1019, Vol. 140, no 4, 319-327 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

M. A. Persinger (2002) claimed that transcranial magnetic stimulation with weak, complex magnetic fields evokes mystical experiences. However, in a double-blind experiment, P. Granqvist, M. Fredrikson, P. Unge, A. Hagenfeldt, S. Valind., et al. (2005) found no effects of field exposure on mystical experiences (N = 89), though a minority of participants reported spontaneous mystical experiences. Following the conclusion of null effects from magnetic field exposure, the setup of this experiment, including pre-experimental assessments of religiousness and sensory deprivation, can be viewed as a prime/setting for such experiences. The authors analyzed subsets of experimental data from P. Granqvist and colleagues with emphasis on the contribution of religiousness in the prediction and interpretation of mystical experiences. They found that a higher degree of religiousness predicted a higher occurrence of mystical experiences with a religious quality, but not of mystical experiences without such a quality. The authors discuss findings in terms of the experimental setup serving as a prime/setting activating the religious schemas of religious participants.

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2006. Vol. 140, no 4, 319-327 p.
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mystical experiences, priming, religiousness, schemas, sensory deprivation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-78909DOI: 10.3200/JRLP.140.4.319-327ISI: 000240111500003PubMedID: 16967739OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-78909DiVA: diva2:106822
Available from: 2006-03-31 Created: 2006-03-31 Last updated: 2011-06-21Bibliographically approved

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