Psychology of prayer: empirical researches
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Psihologia rugăciunii: studii empirice privind această practică şi efectele sale
Psychology of prayer: empirical researches on this practice and its effects

Author(s): Mihai Curelaru
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: EDITURA POLIROM S.A.
Keywords: prayer; prayer psychology; prayer typology; correlational study of prayer; double‑blind clinical trial on prayer; neuroscientific studies of prayer

Summary/Abstract: The present text proposes a psychological review of the most important empirical studiesthat have been carried out over time on prayer. Due to the lack of full consensus among psychologistswith regards to prayer, the first section of the text puts forward some arguments in favour of thescientific research of prayer. Secondly, a revision of the studies exploring how prayer is understoodand practiced at different ages, namely children, adolescents, and adults. Thirdly, various types ofprayer are examined, as well as their use in scientific research. Furthermore, various psychologicaland social aspects associated with praying and a wide range of randomized double‑blind clinicaltrials on the effects of intercession prayer are presented. Finally, recent neuroscientific studies inthis field are reviewed.

  • Issue Year: 1/2018
  • Issue No: 41
  • Page Range: 27-43
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Romanian