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Biological foundations and beneficial effects of trance

  • Michael J. Hove (a1) (a2) and Johannes Stelzer (a3) (a4)


Singh proposes a cultural evolutionary theory of shamanic practices, including trance. We argue that cultural factors are deeply intertwined with biological aspects in shaping shamanic practices, and the underlying biology is critical. We discuss the neural underpinnings of rhythm-induced trance, how they can facilitate insight, and how altered states can promote healing.



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