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The Value of Sundén's Role-Theory Demonstrated and Tested with Respect to Religious Experiences in Meditation
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: n/a
Pages: 401-412
Source ID: shanti-sources-21891
Abstract: Meditation is approached as a technique for the activation of religious experience. Various theories used in psychology to explain the cognitive changes brought about by meditation are briefly reviewed. Of these, the role-theory of Sundén fits best the structure and function of various meditation methods in religious history. A small scale laboratory experiment is reported, designed for the purpose of testing the predictive validity of role-theory. The results make it possible to specify the theory's contribution and limitation.