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Mystical experience in the lab

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Mystical experience in the lab. / Andersen, Marc Nicklas; Schjødt, Uffe; Nielbo, Kristoffer Laigaard; Sørensen, Jesper.

In: Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2014, p. 217-245.

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Andersen, MN, Schjødt, U, Nielbo, KL & Sørensen, J 2014, 'Mystical experience in the lab', Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 217-245. https://doi.org/10.1163/15700682-12341323

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Andersen, Marc Nicklas et al. "Mystical experience in the lab". Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. 2014, 26(3). 217-245. https://doi.org/10.1163/15700682-12341323

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Andersen, Marc Nicklas ; Schjødt, Uffe ; Nielbo, Kristoffer Laigaard ; Sørensen, Jesper. / Mystical experience in the lab. In: Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. 2014 ; Vol. 26, No. 3. pp. 217-245.

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