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≪Organizer Abstract≫
Is there a unique contribution of Asian research in psychology of religion to the global research base? That is the question this symposium wishes to address. A cursory review of the basic psychological research conducted internationally suggests that it tends to be a mirror image of Western psychology. This would include methodology, the research questions, and instrumentation. Findings tend to replicate Euro-American research. We wish to ask whether there are unique, indigenous features in Asian psychology of religion. Given the rise of cultural psychology as a discipline, it is appropriate at ask what are the contours of a cultural psychology of religion as suggested by Belzen (2010).This symposium will provide participants with an overview of research in psychology of religion in four countries: Japan, India, Korea, and Mainland China.
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