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Video Spotlight: Spirituality

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Review Papers

Review Papers (What's this?)

Supple bodies, healthy minds: yoga, psychedelics and American mental health.
Richert L, DeCloedt M.
Med Humanit. 2018 Sep;44(3):193-200.
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A Systematic Review of Transcendent States Across Meditation and Contemplative Traditions.
Wahbeh H, Sagher A, Back W, Pundhir P, Travis F.
Explore (NY). 2018 Jan - Feb;14(1):19-35.
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Meditation has stronger relationships with mindfulness, kundalini, and mystical experiences than yoga or prayer.
de Castro JM.
Conscious Cogn. 2015 Sep;35:115-27.
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Self-transcending meditation is good for mental health: why this should be the case.
Hankey A, Shetkar R.
Int Rev Psychiatry. 2016 Jun;28(3):236-40.
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The subtle body: an interoceptive map of central nervous system function and meditative mind-brain-body integration.
Loizzo JJ.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 Jun;1373(1):78-95.
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Notable Publications

Notable Publications (What's this?)

Interactions Between Body and Social Awareness in Yoga.
Fiori F, Aglioti SM, David N.
J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Mar;23(3):227-233.
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The Psychology of Yoga Practitioners: A Cluster Analysis.
Genovese JE, Fondran KM.
Int J Yoga Therap. 2017 Mar 30.
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The relationship between yoga involvement, mindfulness and psychological well-being.
Gaiswinkler L, Unterrainer HF.
Complement Ther Med. 2016 Jun;26:123-7.
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Processing of proprioceptive and vestibular body signals and self-transcendence in Ashtanga yoga practitioners.
Fiori F, David N, Aglioti SM.
Front Hum Neurosci. 2014 Sep 18;8:734.
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Moving beyond health to flourishing: the effects of yoga teacher training.
Conboy LA, Wilson A, Braun T.
ScientificWorldJournal. 2010 May 4;10:788-95.
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The fourth state of consciousness: the Thuriya Avastha.
Ramamurthi B.
Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1995 May;49(2):107-10.
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Intense personal experiences: subjective effects, interpretations, and after-effects.
Wilson SR, Spencer RC.
J Clin Psychol. 1990 Sep;46(5):565-73.
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The "third eye": a psychoendocrine model of hypnotizability.
Leskowitz E.
Am J Clin Hypn. 1988 Jan;30(3):209-15.
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