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Research note: Induced out-of-body experiences are associated with a sensation of leaving the body

Australian Journal of Parapsychology
Volume 12 Issue 2 (Dec 2012)

Abstract: Individuals who have had an out-of-body experience (OBE) report that the centre of their awareness appears to, temporarily, shift to a location that is spatially distinct from the location of their physical body. Research suggests that some OBErs report a sensation of leaving their physical body prior to their OBEs, while others instead report spontaneously finding themselves outside of their body. The present study evaluated data collected from 194 participants who claimed to have had an OBE. Instances of spontaneous and autonomously induced OBEs were considered. Binary Logistic Regression identified one item that predicted whether a participant was more likely to have had an induced, rather than a spontaneous, OBE: whether a participant had experienced a sensation of leaving their physical body prior to the OBE.

To cite this article: De Foe, Alexander; van Doorn, George and Symmons, Mark. Research note: Induced out-of-body experiences are associated with a sensation of leaving the body [online]. Australian Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 12, No. 2, Dec 2012: 177-185. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=154041329406415;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1445-2308. [cited 01 Oct 16].

Personal Author: De Foe, Alexander; van Doorn, George; Symmons, Mark; Source: Australian Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 12, No. 2, Dec 2012: 177-185 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1445-2308 Subject: Near-death experiences--Psychological aspects; Lucid dreams--Physiological aspects; Relaxation--Technique; Meditation--Technique; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) School of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Northways Road, Churchill, VIC, 3842, Australia, email: alexander.defoe@monash.edu
(2) School of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Northways Road, Churchill, VIC, 3842, Australia
(3) School of Applied Media and Social Sciences, Monash University, Gippsland Campus, Northways Road, Churchill, VIC, 3842, Australia

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection