A Review on Research and Evaluation Methods for Investigating Self-Transcendence

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Yes, item is peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Graduate student (PhD)
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Kitson, A., Chirico, A., Gaggioli, A., & Riecke, B. E. (2020). A Review on Research and Evaluation Methods for Investigating Self-Transcendence. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 2880. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.547687.

Date created: 
2020-11-16
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DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.547687
Keywords: 
Self-transcendence
Review
Research methods
Mindfulness
Flow
Peak experiences
Neurophenomenolgy
Emotional experiences
Abstract: 

Self-transcendence has been characterized as a decrease in self-saliency (ego disillusionment) and increased connection, and has been growing in research interest in the past decade. Several measures have been developed and published with some degree of psychometric validity and reliability. However, to date, there has been no review systematically describing, contrasting, and evaluating the different methodological approaches toward measuring self-transcendence including questionnaires, neurological and physiological measures, and qualitative methods. To address this gap, we conducted a review to describe existing methods of measuring self-transcendence, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these methods, and discuss research avenues to advance assessment of self-transcendence, including recommendations for suitability of methods given research contexts.

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English
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Article
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