A psychology graduate student at the University of Ottawa says she can voluntarily enter an out-of-body experience.
This was a lucky break for scientists, who were able to scan her brain during the episode.
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.
But the out of body experience also tended to inhibit visual parts.
Even if there is no soul stuck in our bodies, this woman isn’t making this up. There’s obviously something happening in her brain that is making her experience the world in a different way — but researchers can’t yet say exactly what it is.
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