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The effect of Shamanic-like stimulus conditions and the cognitive-perceptual factor of schizotypy on phenomenology

Rock, Adam J, Abbott, Gavin R., Childargushi, Hatun and Kiehne, Melanie L. 2008, The effect of Shamanic-like stimulus conditions and the cognitive-perceptual factor of schizotypy on phenomenology, North American journal of psychology, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 79-98.

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Title The effect of Shamanic-like stimulus conditions and the cognitive-perceptual factor of schizotypy on phenomenology
Author(s) Rock, Adam J
Abbott, Gavin R.ORCID iD for Abbott, Gavin R. orcid.org/0000-0003-4014-0705
Childargushi, Hatun
Kiehne, Melanie L.
Journal name North American journal of psychology
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 79
End page 98
Total pages 20
Publisher North American Journal of Psychology
Place of publication Winter Garden, Fla.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1527-7143
Keyword(s) shamanism
religions
incantations shamanist
cognitive analysis
cognitive ability
phenomenology
schizotypal personality disorder
Summary Shamanism has remained an integral part of indigenous healing rituals since ancient times and is currently attracting interest as a complementary therapeutic technique in psychology. Recently, shamanic-like techniques have been used to facilitate changes in the phenomenology of nonshamans. However, such research has largely been delimited to a single shamanic-like technique (i.e., drumming), and the role of personality traits with regards to receptivity to this technique has been neglected. The purpose of the present study was to investigate experimentally the effect of different shamanic-like techniques and the cognitive-perceptual factor of the schizotypy construct on phenomenology. One hundred and four non-shamans were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: Drumming, Ganzfeld, or Sitting Quietly with Eyes Open. Participants' phenomenology was assessed using the Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory, Phenomenology associated with shamanic-like techniques appeared to be statistically significantly different from phenomenology associated with sitting quietly with eyes open. Furthermore, high cognitive-perceptual participants reported significant alterations in phenomenology compared to their low cognitive-perceptual counterparts. Methodological shortcomings of the present study are discussed and suggestions for future research are advanced.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, NAJP
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017119

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