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The Experience of Floatation-REST as a Function of Setting and Previous Experience of Altered States of Consciousness
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5668-0469
2001 (English)In: Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 20, 161 - 178Article in journal (Refereed)
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate if experiences induced by flotation-REST (in flotation-tank) are affected by settings or subjects earlier experiences of altered states of consciousness (ASC). No such significant differences were found. Significant effects owing to flotation-REST were found regarding reduction in experienced pain and enhancement of mood. Flotation-REST was considered a pleasurable technique. Different kinds of visual and acoustic effects, altered time perception and a sense of weightlessness have been reported. Also deep transpersonal experiences were quite common, these could be distinguished into three types: experiences of one's own childbirth/delivery, feeling of cosmic unity and experiences of losing contact with the body or out-of-body-experiences. Flotation-REST must be regarded as a consciousness-altering method with promising potential for clinical and therapeutic use.



Key words: Flotation-REST - Setting - Drug experience - Pain - Mood - Verbal analysis - Altered state of consciousness.

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Key words: Flotation-REST - Setting - Drug experience - Pain - Mood - Verbal analysis - Altered state of consciousness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-24427OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-24427DiVA, id: diva2:598194
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