Trance states: a theoretical model and cross-cultural analysis

Ethos Vol/Iss. 14(2) American Anthropological Association Published In Pages: 174-203
By Winkelman, Michael James


"both psychological variables related to temporal lobe dysinhibition and social variables related to political integration have a strong predictive value in explaining the incidence of possession trance states (198)"


Together, the temporal lobe discharge (TLD) and political integration variables account for 75% of the variance in the possession variable. Note that TLD accounts for more variance in both possession (58% vs 40% from political integration) and possession scale (53% vs 29% for political integration).


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