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Visuri, Ingela, fil. dr.ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-7042-0877
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Visuri, I. (2023). Experience as a path towards supernatural beliefs: The role of occulture among younger generations. In: : . Paper presented at Religion and the Mind.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Experience as a path towards supernatural beliefs: The role of occulture among younger generations
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this presentation, I will address a glitch that has been largely overlooked in the study of religious cognition; namely cross-generational differences in the attribution of non-ordinary powers. Contemporary popular culture is permeated by magical and occult narratives, and Christopher Partridge argues that such ”occulture” has become ordinary among younger generations. While occult narratives may not be labelled as spiritual or religious, they yet appear to function as existential anchors in secularized contexts. Empirical examples are provided from a study on supernatural and parasocial relations among young adults on the autism spectrum, who are using the term ”supernatural” to make sense of anomalous experiences. Such experiences moreover seem to provide a path towards non-empirical beliefs in a sample that grew up highly secularized Sweden. 

Keywords
religion, spirituality, autism, supernatural experience, occulture
National Category
Religious Studies Psychology
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Religion, Spirituality, and World View
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-47075 (URN)
Conference
Religion and the Mind
Note

Keynote speech at Religion and the Mind-conference at Jagellonian University (Krakow/Poland).

Available from: 2023-10-04 Created: 2023-10-04 Last updated: 2023-10-05Bibliographically approved
Visuri, I., Rimondini, A. & Brulin, J. G. (2023). Vad händer efter döden?: En religionsdidaktisk omförhandling utifrån unga ’sekulära’ svenskars ambivalens kring det övernaturliga. Acta Didactica Norden, 17(2)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vad händer efter döden?: En religionsdidaktisk omförhandling utifrån unga ’sekulära’ svenskars ambivalens kring det övernaturliga
2023 (Swedish)In: Acta Didactica Norden, E-ISSN 2535-8219, Vol. 17, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Religious Studies Didactics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-46583 (URN)10.5617/adno.9228 (DOI)2-s2.0-85162775416 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-08-02 Created: 2023-08-02 Last updated: 2023-08-02
Visuri, I. (2022). Religious experience among young, autistic adults. In: Saša Horvat & Tanja Horvat (Ed.), Autism and Religious Experience: Theory and Practice (pp. 101-121). Zagreb: Grafomark
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religious experience among young, autistic adults
2022 (English)In: Autism and Religious Experience: Theory and Practice / [ed] Saša Horvat & Tanja Horvat, Zagreb: Grafomark , 2022, p. 101-121Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter takes its departure in interviews with 17 young adults (16-21 years old), who are all diagnosed with autism (type 1) and who describe themselves as religious and/or spiritual. According to the naturalness hypothesis of religion, supernatural beliefs are underpinned by an intuitive propensity for mentalization. But what about autistic individuals who find mentalization difficult? The aim was to explore how these individuals – who all struggle to grasp social communication in their everyday lives – come to form intimate relationships with invisible, supernatural beings. The findings suggest that the absence of physical bodies facilitates mentalization, as autistic individuals often are challenged in decoding non-verbal, embodied language. Instead, the participants describe interpretation of emotions as key to understanding what their supernatural partners have in mind. Another finding concerns the fact that most of the participants grew up in families with secular worldviews, and their path towards developing supernatural interpretations seems to be mediated through anomalous experiences, rather than social learning or philosophical reasoning. While the study does not reveal to what extent autistic individuals generally are attracted to invisible agency and magical narratives, it illustrates that supernatural dimensions are central for the participants in this study, and that such beliefs support them in making sense of unusual experiences and to cope with difficulties in their everyday lives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Zagreb: Grafomark, 2022
Keywords
religion, spirituality, autism, supernatural experience, collaborative research
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Religion, Spirituality, and World View
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-42249 (URN)978-953-49481-2-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-08-23 Created: 2022-08-23 Last updated: 2022-08-30Bibliographically approved
Visuri, I. & Ståhle, G. (2022). The psychology of religion: Experiential dimensions. In: Bradley Herling (Ed.), Bloomsbury Religion in North America: Theory and Method: The Basics. Bloomsbury Academic
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The psychology of religion: Experiential dimensions
2022 (English)In: Bloomsbury Religion in North America: Theory and Method: The Basics / [ed] Bradley Herling, Bloomsbury Academic, 2022Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this article, we will look into some commonly used methods and theories in the psychology of religion. This research field dates back to the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, when scholars such as Stanley Hall and William James directed attention toward the role of religious experiences and their relation to human nature. Such experiences are focused on here, and as we will see, there are various ways of approaching the interaction between psychology, religion, culture, embodiment, and cognition. This article provides examples of both qualitative and quantitative methods commonly used in the field, and the pros and cons these bring about. We will also examine some prominent schools of thought that differ in their approach to religion and psychology: cultural psychology, clinical psychology, and the cognitive science of religion. While some of these scholars emphasize the role of culture, others center the role of internal, psychological processes. In some cases, the role of embodied practices and collective emotions are seen as crucial for the understanding of religiosity, and in other cases, individual traits are highlighted. This variety of approaches makes up a kaleidoscope of perspectives on the complex and fascinating ways in which religion and psychology interact, and how the outcome of such processes differs between various cultures and contexts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bloomsbury Academic, 2022
Keywords
religion, andlighet, övernaturliga erfarenheter, religionspsykologi, kulturpsykologi, kognitionsvetenskap
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-46897 (URN)10.5040/9781350898806.009 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-09-05 Created: 2023-09-05 Last updated: 2024-01-12Bibliographically approved
Visuri, I. (2021). Completing the circle: How cognitive perspectives can revitalize the study of religion and education. In: : . Paper presented at European Association for the Study of Religions, Pisa/Italy..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Completing the circle: How cognitive perspectives can revitalize the study of religion and education
2021 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The history of education is intertwined with the history of psychology, and influential thinkers such as Johann Herbart, William James, John Dewey, Jean Piaget and Jerome Bruner employed psychological perspectives when developing their ideas on knowledge and learning. This connection however appears to be weak in contemporary studies on religion and education, despite the expansive progress seen in both psychology and the cognitive sciences. This paper introduces areas where cognitive perspectives can be useful in developing a broader understanding of religion and education. Such gains both pertain to the theoretical understanding of how to develop religious literacy among pupils and students, as well as didactic aspects of the work conducted in classrooms. The ideas presented in the paper are centered around ‘learning by doing’, the role of emotions in enhancing memory, narrative didactics, and how experiences support the understanding of others and may bridge between pupils with differing identities. By involving cognitive perspectives, we can complement the understanding of the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ with comprehension of ‘why’ certain topics and methods provide more profound insights and learning outcomes than others.

National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Religion, Spirituality, and World View
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-42529 (URN)
Conference
European Association for the Study of Religions, Pisa/Italy.
Available from: 2022-09-08 Created: 2022-09-08 Last updated: 2023-03-17Bibliographically approved
Visuri, I. (2021). Döden i klassrummet: Nya villkor för mötet mellan ’sekulära’ och ’religiösa’ elever. In: Tomas Axelsson och Torsten Hylén (Ed.), Den nya människan: (pp. 179-190). Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Döden i klassrummet: Nya villkor för mötet mellan ’sekulära’ och ’religiösa’ elever
2021 (Swedish)In: Den nya människan / [ed] Tomas Axelsson och Torsten Hylén, Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag, 2021, p. 179-190Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

I detta kapitel utforskas krocken mellan reflekterade tankar och oreflekterade intuitioner om vad som händer med våra sinnen när vi dör. Syftet är att belysa samtal om döden som en konstruktiv mötesplats där elever med sekulär respektive religiös identitet kan mötas i religionskunskapsundervisningen, och begreppet *sekulär litteracitet* föreslås här som ett analytiskt komplement till *religiös litteracitet.* I den första delen av kapitlet presenteras tidigare kognitionsvetenskaplig religionsforskning om människans (o)förmåga att föreställa sig sinnenas upphörande efter döden. I den andra delen av kapitlet sammanförs den kognitionsvetenskapliga forskning som presenterats med en religionsdidaktisk diskussion kring varför och hur mänskliga intuitioner om sinnets fortlevnad efter döden kan tas till vara i religionskunskapsundervisningen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Möklinta: Gidlunds förlag, 2021
Keywords
religion, andlighet, övernaturliga föreställningar, döden, kognitionsvetenskap, religionskunskapsundervisning
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Religion, Spirituality, and World View
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-42247 (URN)9789178444717 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-08-23 Created: 2022-08-23 Last updated: 2022-08-30Bibliographically approved
Visuri, I. (2021). How God Becomes Real: Kindling the Presence of Invisible Others, by Tanya Luhrmann. [Review]. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 7(1), 123-126
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How God Becomes Real: Kindling the Presence of Invisible Others, by Tanya Luhrmann.
2021 (English)In: Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, ISSN 2049-7555, E-ISSN 2049-7563, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 123-126Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Keywords
Tanya Luhrmann, book review, kindling, supernatural experience, perception
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Religion, Spirituality, and World View
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-38153 (URN)10.1558/jcsr.19945 (DOI)
Available from: 2021-09-17 Created: 2021-09-17 Last updated: 2024-01-12Bibliographically approved
Visuri, I. (2020). Bryt upp!: Nyandlighet som scen för kvinnlig identitetsförhandling.. In: Simon Sorgenfrei, David Thurfjell (Ed.), Kvinnligt religiöst ledarskap: En vänbok till Gunilla Gunner (pp. 289-300). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bryt upp!: Nyandlighet som scen för kvinnlig identitetsförhandling.
2020 (Swedish)In: Kvinnligt religiöst ledarskap: En vänbok till Gunilla Gunner / [ed] Simon Sorgenfrei, David Thurfjell, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2020, p. 289-300Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

I denna essä skildras deltagarna på en nyandlig kryssning, och jag ställer frågan hur det kommer sig att främst kvinnor i äldre medelåldern är med ombord. Utifrån min roll som deltagande observatör beskrivs olika andliga sessioner, och den teoretiska analysen kring nyandlighetens frigörande potential görs via en intersektionell lins.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2020
Series
Södertörn Studies in Religion
Keywords
Nyandlighet, kvinnor, medelålder, genus, intersektionalitet
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Religion, Spirituality, and World View
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-35428 (URN)978-91-89109-03-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-11-18 Created: 2020-11-18 Last updated: 2022-09-13Bibliographically approved
Visuri, I. (2020). Invisible hands and sacred unicorns: Occulture as a schema for supernatural ascriptions in the millennial generation. In: Building Blocks of Religion: Critical Applications and Future Prospects (pp. 71-81). Sheffield: Equinox Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Invisible hands and sacred unicorns: Occulture as a schema for supernatural ascriptions in the millennial generation
2020 (English)In: Building Blocks of Religion: Critical Applications and Future Prospects, Sheffield: Equinox Publishing , 2020, p. 71-81Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter presents an empirical and methodological example of an interdisciplinary study on religious cognition, in which the approach is aligned with the building blocks approach suggested by Ann Taves and Egil Asprem. While autism is the focal point of the research project, the study also highlights a generational shift in the ascription of non-ordinary powers as these millennials appear to embrace occult phenomena in Western popular culture (‘occulture’). Besides illustrating how emic ascriptions of things set apart from the ordinary may vary between different generations, the chapter also provides a multilevel model of how unusual embodied experiences – which appear to be especially prevalent on the autism spectrum – are understood in terms of occult schemas derived from popular culture.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, 2020
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-34850 (URN)2-s2.0-85088477821 (Scopus ID)9781781798669 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-08-03 Created: 2020-08-24 Last updated: 2023-02-24Bibliographically approved
Visuri, I. (2020). Ockult populärkultur och övernaturlig erfarenhet bland unga (autistiska) svenskar: Vems ’religion’ undervisar vi om? (51ed.). In: Emma Hall, Bodil Liljefors Persson (Ed.), Årsbok / Föreningen lärare i religionskunskap: Existentiella frågor i barns och ungas liv (pp. 40-54). Malmö: Föreningen lärare i religionskunskap
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ockult populärkultur och övernaturlig erfarenhet bland unga (autistiska) svenskar: Vems ’religion’ undervisar vi om?
2020 (Swedish)In: Årsbok / Föreningen lärare i religionskunskap: Existentiella frågor i barns och ungas liv / [ed] Emma Hall, Bodil Liljefors Persson, Malmö: Föreningen lärare i religionskunskap , 2020, 51, p. 40-54Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

När jag som ung religionslärarstudent introducerades till Hjalmar Sundéns rollteori öppnades en ny värld för mig. I detta kapitel vill jag dela med mig av hur Sundéns tankar fört mig vidare in i det nya fält som kallas kognitionsvetenskaplig religionsforskning, och hur detta i sin tur fått mig att skifta fokus från vad människor tror till vad de upplever. Detta perspektivskifte utmanar tidigare antaganden kring den generation av elever som idag befinner sig i våra klassrum: är svenska majoritetsungdomar verkligen så sekulariserade som många tror? Mitt ärende berör också möjligheten att bjuda in eleverna att dela med sig av sina egna erfarenheter via ett underutnyttjat medium; nämligen ockult populärkultur.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Föreningen lärare i religionskunskap, 2020 Edition: 51
Series
Årsbok / Föreningen lärare i religionskunskap, ISSN 0348-8918 ; 51
Keywords
Religionsdidaktik, övernaturliga upplevelser, ockultur, kognitionsvetenskaplig religionsforskning, populärkultur
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Research Profiles 2009-2020, Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-38147 (URN)
Available from: 2021-09-17 Created: 2021-09-17 Last updated: 2021-11-12Bibliographically approved
Projects
Swedish network for the medical humanities [2021-01887_Forte]; Uppsala University
Organisations
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-7042-0877

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