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Absorption predicts mysticism and spirituality, but not following intranasal oxytocin administration: A sensory deprivation experiment
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Recent research has indicated a causal link between oxytocin and spirituality. The present experiment sought to examine the effects of intranasal oxytocin (IN-OT) and absorption on mysticism and spirituality in a sensory deprivation setting. The results failed to find any main effects of IN-OT on mysticism, or on spirituality. Interaction effects were discovered however, where IN-OT interacted with absorption both on mysticism and spirituality. More specifically IN-OT undermined the association between absorption and outcomes that were observed in the placebo control condition. The results contradict the findings from the only previous experiment conducted on IN-OT and spirituality. The interaction effects align with previous research on IN-OT, suggesting an increase in suggestibility among low absorption scorers. These results motivate further research on the relation between oxytocin, absorption and spirituality, keeping the idea of suggestibility in mind.

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2017. , p. 23
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Absorption, Spirituality, Religion, Religiosity, Mysticism, Mystical experiences, Mystical-type experiences, Oxytocin, Sensory deprivation
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-149613OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-149613DiVA, id: diva2:1163400
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2017-12-06, Psykologiska institutionen, Frescati Hagväg 8, 14:04
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Available from: 2018-07-03 Created: 2017-12-06 Last updated: 2018-07-03Bibliographically approved

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