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    The Woman Who Can Trigger Out-Of-Body Experiences

    Friday, October 25, 2019 Last Updated 2019-10-25T11:30:14Z
    While most associate out-of-body experiences with crazy callers on late-night radio shows, University of Ottawa scientists take the subject a little more seriously.

    In 2012, an unnamed psychology student, whom we’ll call Reese, told Professors Claude Messier and Andra Smith that she regularly left her body and even that she could actually trigger these events.

    Reese claimed she started taking astral trips during preschool when she was supposed to be napping. As she grew older, these “extracorporeal experiences” became a psychic sleep aid, helping her drift off to dreamland.

    Reese said she’s had several different kinds of episodes, like floating above her “real” body or spinning around like a propeller.

    While Reese knows she isn’t really moving—she can see her corporeal form lying on the bed or floor—she still feels quite dizzy afterward.

    Naturally, Messier and Smith were skeptical, but when they put Reese in an MRI, they noticed some weird stuff happening in her brain.

    Whenever she triggered an out-of-body experience, they noticed that Reese’s visual cortex—the part responsible for the pictures we see in our minds—was strangely deactivated.

    In fact, the entire right side of her brain was dormant.

    However, there was a lot of activity happening in the left side. That’s odd because when we imagine things, both hemispheres are involved.

    Having said that, a lot of areas on the left side involving “kinesthetic imagery” (the part that helps us understand where we are in relation to our surroundings) were firing away like normal.

    Messier and Smith believe Reese is experiencing some sort of hallucination, one that doesn’t affect her in a negative way.

    It’s like a dream where you’re outside yourself and can watch “you” as a character. The Canadian researchers suspect that perhaps these extracorporeal experiences are a normal part of infancy and some people continue to experience them as they grow older.

    If there are such people, they probably think their little trips are normal. Reese herself had no clue her waking experiences were unique. “I thought everybody could do that,” she said.


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