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Reading Assignment: Chapter 3, The Psychology of Religion

As you read, consider the following questions and/or ideas:

  • Stress, emotion, rituals, and catharsis in religion
  • Yanomamo Religion as projection of aggression
  • The psychological functions of religion: religion and mental health
  • Altered states of consciousness: visions and hallucinations--the neuropsychology of religious experiences
  • How are religious trance states related to socialization, societal tensions, and personality types?
  • What do traditional religious healers and western psychotherapists have in common?

Video Lectures


  Introduction to The Psychology of Religion ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Dreams among the Iroquois ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Dreams among the Senoi ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  The Effect of Religion on Emotions in Day-to-Day Life ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  The Effect of Religion on Attitudes ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Piety among the Apaches ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  The Effect of Religion on Mental Health ( WMV ) ( MOV )
    Traditional Religious Healing vs. Psychotherapy ( WMV ) ( MOV )
      Navajo Curing Ceremony ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Religious Trances ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Brain Processes and Religious Experiences ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Near Death Experiences ( WMV ) ( MOV )
  Conclusion to Chapter 3 ( WMV ) ( MOV )

Lecture Notes

Chapter 3 lecture notes ( PDF )

Quiz

Chapter 3 quiz ( HTML )

Images

Chapter 3 images ( HTML )

Additional Resources

Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . admin. (2005, August 02). Chapter 3. Retrieved January 07, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.usu.edu/Anthropology/Anthropology_of_Religion/topic3.htm. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License