From Trance to Transcendence: A Neurocognitive Approach

Joseph Glicksohn, Aviva Berkovich Ohana

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Rapaport (1951) made a strong claim regarding the pivotal role of reflective awareness in characterizing both cognition and consciousness. It is suggested that the transition between a state of trance to one of transcendence entails a shift in reflective awareness from awareness' apparent absence (trance) to its apparent multiplicity (transcendence). It is further suggested and demonstrated that it is the balance in EEG alpha-theta activity along the anterior-posterior axis that accompanies this transition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-62
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of Mind and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011


  • Meditation
  • States of consciousness
  • Trance
  • Transcendence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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