Parapsychology
   Scholars and others interested in parapsychological, psychic, or “psi” phenomena and experiences (e.g., telepathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, psychokinesis, and precognition) have considered shamans as possible subjects for understanding, refuting, or validating competing arguments. The Parapsychological Association provides a good example of the range of relevant interests, citing Maria Luisa Felici’s discussion of North American Indian shamans; Stanley Krippner’s book concerned with the “spiritual dimensions of healing”; Serena Roney-Dougal’s consideration of altered states of consciousness, brain chemistry, psychosis, and hallucinogens; and Bruno Severi’s discussions about altered states of consciousness and ayahuasca use among the Shipibo Conibo of South America. For obvious reasons, there are parallels between these interests and those of psychologists and of Jungian-influenced neo-shamans. However, while the publications mentioned focus particularly on questions of interiority and experience, they do also attend to social roles and performative issues, at least in passing.

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  • parapsychology — ► NOUN ▪ the study of mental phenomena which are outside the sphere of orthodox psychology (such as hypnosis or telepathy). DERIVATIVES parapsychological adjective parapsychologist noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • parapsychology — [[t]pæ̱rəsaɪkɒ̱ləʤi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Parapsychology is the study of strange mental abilities that seem to exist but cannot be explained by accepted scientific theories …   English dictionary

  • parapsychology — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1925 a field of study concerned with the investigation of evidence for paranormal psychological phenomena (as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis) • parapsychological adjective •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • parapsychology — noun /ˌpɛrəˌsaɪˈkɑlədʒi/ The study of that which cannot yet be explained; psychic or occult phenomena, such as telepathy and ghosts. See Also: metaphysics, paranormal …   Wiktionary

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  • parapsychology — The study of allegedly paranormal phenomena. Also known as psychical research …   Philosophy dictionary

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