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The brain out of the body

Posted March 7, 2014 by dustproduction in Open

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commented on March 7, 2015
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The researchers did a fMRI before and after asking her to enter her out-of-body state to find out what that looked like in the brain. They compared these to when she was imagining, but not actually entering, the state.

Interestingly, the pathway that seemed to be activated during her out-of-body experience is also involved in the mental representation of movements.


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    dustproduction Mar 07, 2015

    To be clear, this was a type of hallucination. This was not a bona fide out-of-body experience the likes of paranormal activity or the astral projection powers of Shannen Doherty’s character on Charmed. But it’s still cool because it’s the first attempt to scientifically analyze and document a non-pathological, self-elicited out-of-body experience.

    Using an fMRI, which images blood flow to detect brain activity, researchers from the University of Ottawa scanned the brain of a woman who claims that she can produce, at will, extra-corporeal experiences -- during one of her self-reported experiences. They write in their case study:

    She was able to see herself rotating in the air above her body, lying flat, and rolling along with the horizontal plane. She reported sometimes watching herself move from above but remained aware of her unmoving “real” body.


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    dustproduction Mar 07, 2015


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    dustproduction Mar 07, 2015

    Is this consciousness "outside the body?" If so, why is there still mental activity?

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    dustproduction Jul 06, 2014

    This is some additional research that provides an explanation of OBE:


    A common modern view of consciousness is that it is an emergent property of the brain, perhaps caused by neuronal complexity, and perhaps with no adaptive value. Exactly what emerges, how it emerges, and from what specific neuronal process, is in debate. One possible explanation of consciousness, proposed here, is that it is a construct of the social perceptual machinery. Humans have specialized neuronal machinery that allows us to be socially intelligent. The primary role for this machinery is to construct models of other people’s minds thereby gaining some ability to predict the behavior of other individuals. In the present hypothesis, awareness is a perceptual reconstruction of attentional state; and the machinery that computes information about other people’s awareness is the same machinery that computes information about our own awareness. The present article brings together a variety of lines of evidence including experiments on the neural basis of social perception, on hemispatial neglect, on the out-of-body experience, on mirror neurons, and on the mechanisms of decision-making, to explore the possibility that awareness is a construct of the social machinery in the brain.


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    Thedeafening Mar 16, 2014

    Hello, I read the article about the study but have not yet read the medical journal. Intresting to say the least. I remember a study similar to this one only there were electrode stimulus performed on anestetic patiants. That study was believed to imply a brain and obe link. And like the study posted above, you are left either to belive you can survive outside your body be your brain transporting you there quantumaticly or its all in your head dnd of story.

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    dustproduction Mar 14, 2014

    No OBE fan here? Or does this RESEARCH not conform to the beliefs about OBE?

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