Six feet over: Out-of-body experiences and their relevance to the folk psychology of souls

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (5):479 (2006)
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Abstract

During an out-of-body experience (OBE), one sees the world and one's own body from an extracorporeal visuospatial perspective. OBEs reflect disturbances in brain systems dedicated to multisensory integration and self-processing. However, they have traditionally been interpreted as providing evidence for a soul that can depart the body after death. This mystical view is consistent with Bering's proposal that psychological immortality is the cognitive default.

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