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Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation: A Review of Contemporary Research With a Comprehensive Bibliography 1931-1996

Murphy, Michael, & Donovan, Steven. (Eugene Taylor, Ed.).

 This work begins with Eugene Taylor’s interesting overview of meditation research, including definitions, description of this edition, various scholars and organizations associated with meditation research. Chapter I, by Murphy, provides an overview of scientific studies of contemplative experience. Both authors contributed chapters 2-4, on physiological, behavioral, and subjective reports, respectively. The latter is most relevant to exceptional human experience, and the subsections on equanimity, detachment, ineffability, bliss, energy and excitement, altered body image and ego boundaries, hallucinations and illusions, dreams, synesthesia, extrasensory perception, clearer perception, and negative experiences. Part 2 consists of the meditation bibliography compiled by Murphy, Donovan, and Taylor. It is a straight alphabetical listing. The book closes with information about the three contributors, Esalen Institute, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Publisher Information:Sausalito, CA: Institute of Noetic Sciences, 1997. Pp. x-282
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