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Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness 1/2013

01-03-2013 | ORIGINAL PAPER

Meditation-Induced Changes in Perception: An Interview Study with Expert Meditators (Sotapannas) in Burma

Auteurs: Gisela E. Full, Harald Walach, Mathis Trautwein

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 1/2013

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Abstract

Effects and implications of meditation, especially mindfulness-based practices, have become a focus of research in clinical and nonclinical studies over the past two decades. This qualitative study aimed at analyzing alterations in perception through tranquility and insight meditation. Semi-structured interviews were held with expert meditators (Sotapannas) in Burma. Four categories of alterations in perception could be identified: increase in the quality of perception, comprehension of interdependences in perception processing, cessation of subject/object-based perception, and nonconceptual perception. The findings suggest significant alterations in perception induced by mindfulness practices of tranquility and insight meditation. So far, however, it cannot be concluded whether these alterations are genuine experiences and to what extent they are culturally determined.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Meditation-Induced Changes in Perception: An Interview Study with Expert Meditators (Sotapannas) in Burma
Auteurs
Gisela E. Full
Harald Walach
Mathis Trautwein
Publicatiedatum
01-03-2013
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 1/2013
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-012-0173-7

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