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Interpreting the anomalous:finding meaning in out-of-body and near-death experiences

Wilde, David J. and Murray, Craig (2010) Interpreting the anomalous:finding meaning in out-of-body and near-death experiences. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 7 (1). pp. 57-72. ISSN 1478-0895

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Abstract

Much contemporary research on anomalous experiences has been focused on issues of confirming the authenticity of the phenomena, or to determine the underlying processes by which these phenomena may manifest themselves. This research has largely been nomothetic in nature relying mainly on laboratory experiments and/or questionnaire surveys. Traditionally, however, there has existed a third strand of exploration in this field of study–phenomenological research—which in recent times has been somewhat overlooked in this field of work. In an attempt to redress this shortcoming, the authors propose the use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to research anomalous experience. IPA possesses strong theoretical and philosophical underpinnings and a focus on describing and interpreting the process, intricacy and novelty of personal experience. The authors argue that IPA appears ideally suited as a method of qualitative investigation to address important fundamental research questions posed by the study of anomalous experiences.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Research in Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: anomalous experiences ; Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis ; near-death experiences ; out-of-body experiences ; qualitative methodology
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 57314
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 15 Aug 2012 16:01
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2014 10:07
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57314

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