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Why People Have Out-of-Body Experiences

Out-Of-Body Experience

An out-of-body experience has long been associated with a spiritual journey of the soul, floating out of the body.

New studies by neuroscientists seem to think it involves the inner ear canals (vestibular system) that control our spatial senses.

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Why People Have Out-of-Body Experiences

Why People Have Out-of-Body Experiences

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/07/the-neuroscience-of-out-of-body-experiences/534696/

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Out-Of-Body Experience

An out-of-body experience has long been associated with a spiritual journey of the soul, floating out of the body.

New studies by neuroscientists seem to think it involves the inner ear canals (vestibular system) that control our spatial senses.

Mind's Illusion

The new findings show that the out-of-body experiences may be an illusion of the brain due to a malfunctioning vestibular system. The reporting of seeing 'tunnels of light' or 'spirals' is explained as a mismatch between information coming from the damaged ear system, and our visual sense.

While the new findings still have a few loopholes, the neuroscientists explain the 'birds-eye-view' of an out-of-body experience, the vision of us going out of our own perspective, as something the brain constructs automatically, due to conflicting signals of sensory information.

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