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There is nothing paranormal about near-death experiences: how neuroscience can explain seeing bright lights, meeting the dead, or being convinced you are one of them

Mobbs, Dean and Watt, Caroline (2011) There is nothing paranormal about near-death experiences: how neuroscience can explain seeing bright lights, meeting the dead, or being convinced you are one of them. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 15 (10). pp. 447-449. ISSN 1364-6613. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2011.07.010. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20180305-125920018

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Abstract

Approximately 3% of Americans declare to have had a near-death experience [1]. These experiences classically involve the feeling that one's soul has left the body, approaches a bright light and goes to another reality, where love and bliss are all encompassing. Contrary to popular belief, research suggests that there is nothing paranormal about these experiences. Instead, near-death experiences are the manifestation of normal brain function gone awry, during a traumatic, and sometimes harmless, event.


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Additional Information:© 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Available online 17 August 2011. We wish to thank Chris Frith, Bernhard Staresina, Donna Harris and Michael Ewbank for helpful comments. The paper was supported by the UK Medical Research Council.
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DOI:10.1016/j.tics.2011.07.010
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Official Citation:Dean Mobbs, Caroline Watt, There is nothing paranormal about near-death experiences: how neuroscience can explain seeing bright lights, meeting the dead, or being convinced you are one of them, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Volume 15, Issue 10, 2011, Pages 447-449, ISSN 1364-6613, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2011.07.010. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364661311001550)
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