Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence / Edition 1

Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence / Edition 1

by Etzel Cardena
     
 

ISBN-10: 1557986258

ISBN-13: 9781557986252

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: American Psychological Association

For much of the twentieth century, unusual perceptions and sensations, radical alterations of consciousness, and other extraordinary subjective experiences were ignored as legitimate topics of study in mainstream psychology. Recent years, however, have witnessed a burgeoning interest in the scientific study of anomalous experiences, thanks in no small part to the

Overview

For much of the twentieth century, unusual perceptions and sensations, radical alterations of consciousness, and other extraordinary subjective experiences were ignored as legitimate topics of study in mainstream psychology. Recent years, however, have witnessed a burgeoning interest in the scientific study of anomalous experiences, thanks in no small part to the impact of the first edition of this book, which was published in 2000. In this revised and thoroughly updated edition of their classic text, the editors have invited experts to provide definitive reviews and analyses of a wide range of anomalous experiences, from commonly documented sensations and perceptions like synesthesia, lucid dreaming, out-of-body experiences, and auditory and visual hallucinations, to rarer and more seemingly inexplicable experiences such as anomalous healing, past-lives, near-death, mystical experiences, and even alien abductions. While acknowledging the difficulty inherent in studying any subjective experience, the authors nonetheless provide, along with new research in neuroscience, comprehensive scientific coverage of each of these experiences, through its prevalence and etiology, phenomenology, aftereffects, any related psychopathology, theoretical explanations, and related clinical issues. An integrative summary chapter is a new feature of this edition. The book makes a compelling case for the inclusion of these marginalized and under-recognized experiences as not merely incidental, but essential to our understanding of human psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557986252
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
476
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 10.26(h) x 1.43(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xi

I Conceptual and Methodological Considerations 1

Chapter 1 Introduction: Anomalous Experiences in Perspective Etzel Cardeña Steven Jay Lynn Stanley Krippner 3

Chapter 2 Researching States of Consciousness and Anomalous Experiences Etzel Cardeña Ronald J. Pekala 21

Chapter 3 Anomalous Experiences, Peculiarity, and Psychopathology John G. Kerns Nicole Karcher Chitra Raghavan Howard Berenbaum 57

II Anomalous Experiences 77

Chapter 4 Synesthesia: A Teeming Multiplicity Lawrence E. Marks 79

Chapter 5 Hallucinatory Experiences Richard P. Bentall 109

Chapter 6 Lucid Dreaming: Paradoxes of Dreaming Consciousness Stephen LaBerge 145

Chapter 7 Anomalous Self and Identity Experiences Etzel Cardeña Carlos S. Alvarado 175

Chapter 8 Alien Abduction Experiences Stuart Appelle Steven Jay Lynn Leonard Newman Anne Malaktaris 213

Chapter 9 Psi-Related Experiences Caroline Watt Ian Tiemey 241

Chapter 10 Anomalous Healing Experiences Stanley Krippner Jeanne Achterberg 273

Chapter 11 Past-Life Experiences Antonia Mills Jim B. Tucker 303

Chapter 12 Near-Death Experiences Bruee Greyson 333

Chapter 13 Mystical Experiences David M. Wulff 369

Chapter 14 Anomalous Experiences: An Integrative Summary Etzel Cardeña Stanley Krippner Steven Jay Lynn 409

Index 427

About the Editors 451

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