Essay on The Neurology of Near Death Experiences

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Introduction Approximately three percent of the population of the U.S has said they have, in fact experienced a near death experience or NDE. While being involved in a near death experience there are reports that consist of involving one or more of the following: having an awareness of being dead, having an out of body experiences, feelings of euphoria, seeing a tunnel of light, and meeting deceased people. After experiencing this phenomenon, the near death survivor often reports a non-fear of death. They may experience feelings that death is not the end, but a new beginning in which one lives in euphoria and reunites with loved ones for eternity. Others may also have a different outlook on the experience. Where they focus more on how…show more content…
Initial stimulations between 2 and 3 amps induced vestibular responses, which the patient reported that she was “sinking into the bead” or “falling from a height” (Blanke, O., & O. 2002). When increasing the amplitude to 3.5 the patient began to report having an out of body experience (Blanke, O., & O. 2002). This stimulation to the brain’s right angular gyrus also created illusory transformations of the patient’s arm and legs, indicating that out of body experiences may be due to a failure of the brain to integrate complex somatosensory and vestibular information (Blanke, O., & O. 2002, Mobbs, D., & Watt, C. 2011). Once the researchers found that OBEs could be induced they then asked the patient who was first in a lying down position, to then sit at a ninety degree angle and be induced again (Blanke, O., & O. 2002). The patient then described that she felt that her legs appeared to be moving quickly towards her face (Blanke, O., & O. 2002). When placed at a forty five degree angle, this time the patient reported seeing her legs “becoming shorter” (Blanke, O., & O. 2002). When asked to look at her arms during the electrical stimulation the patient reported as though her left arm was shortened and the right arm was unaffected. When they repositioned her arms to ninety degree angles she reported that her

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