Have you ever wondered if a person can see themselves during a hospital operation or found themselves out of their body during a near death experience? Maybe you, a family member, a neighbor or a friend have done it. According to Blaze a University of Ottawa graduate student studying psychology has accomplished this feat as well. She says that she has been able to will herself out of her body since she was as young as preschool.
Maybe you have been able to do this too. If so then you can join her and the estimated 10 percent of 300 million Americans who have lived a true out-of-body moment according to a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, reported Blaze.
The thought of what some consider astral projection has been around mankind in stories and legends for thousands of years, but this time scientists were there to scan 24-year-old undergraduate’s brain for cerebral activity as she willed herself out of her body. They accomplished this by monitoring activity brain activity using a functional MRI.
The findings were more than a bit startling to the research scientists. It seems that as the student was having an “extra-corporeal experience” there was “unusual type of kinesthetic imagery that shares some features of previously described out-of-body experiences and some features of more typical motor imagery,” according to the Blaze. In effect, the woman’s the cerebellum showed strong activation that is consistent with the women’s statement of movement during the ECE.
The study subject recounted her experience in part saying, “I am the one moving – me – my body. For example, if I ‘spin’ for long enough, I get dizzy. I do not see myself above my body. Rather, my whole body has moved up. I feel it as being above where I know it actually is. I usually also picture myself as moving up in my mind’s eye, but the mind is not substantive. It does not move unless the body does,” she attested according to the Blaze.
As this out of body experience was occurring her brain’s cerebellum also was showing strong activation. As the study reported that is consistent with the participant’s statement of the impression of movement during the ECE. In addition there was “left middle and superior orbital frontal gyri activations, structures often associated with action monitoring,” reported Blaze.
While many have discounted these types of statements in the past, the scientists who conducted the examination indicated that in previous studies the participants may have had some type of brain abnormalities, where this woman was physically healthy as was her brain.
In addition, her degree of detail was unusually descriptive which could very well put it outside of the realm of fictional creation. The researchers indicated that based upon the study results, there is a possibility that others have had this ability but due to social embarrassment or worse decide to not report it.
Did she travel out of her body and have an extra-corporeal experience Twilight Zone experience? Only more studies will be able to determine whether this is indeed fact or fiction.