Many years ago, Out-of-body experiences (OBE) were part of spirituality and mysticism, but now science has moved in to investigate. Researchers found that this vivid hallucinatory experience could be caused by damage to people’s ears.
New Study for Out-of-Body Experiences
People’s experience of OBEs vary, but it usually denotes a feeling of floating outside the body in a state of lucid dreaming. Many people report having these experiences at the time of “near death experience” or an extreme physical trauma.
A new research by Aix-Marseille University in France, published in the journal Cortex, suggests that people have a significantly higher occurrence of Out-of-Body Experience.
If they suffer from dizziness and/or problems with the inner ear, known as peripheral vestibular disorders. Additionally, most of the patients only started to haveOut-of-Body Experience after they began suffering from dizziness for the first time.
One of the patients in this Research explains the sensation as feeling “like I’m outside of my body.” “I feel like I’m not in myself.” Another said it felt like “he was divided into two persons, one who had not changed posture and another new person on his right, looking somewhat outwardly.
Then the two somatic individuals approached each other, merged, and the vertigo disappeared.”
Led by neuroscientist Christophe Lopez, the researchers compared 210 patients who suffer from dizziness with 210 aged and gender matched people with no history of dizziness.
Out of those who experienced dizziness, 14 percent said they have had out-of-body experiences. Among the healthy participants, only 5 percent reported these experiences.
Many of the patients who had both dizziness and a history of OBE had also been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, depersonalization, or migraines.
They believe it could be due to the vestibular system in the inner the ear, which helps control balance and eye movements.
Problems with the vestibular system often cause symptoms such as dizziness, whirling sensations, lightheadedness, floating sensations, and difficulty focusing the eyes.
the reason behind this
The reasons behind this link are not crystal clear, as researchers didn’t look for a direct causal relationship between OBE and vestibular disorders, they simply found a correlation between the two.
“Altogether, our data indicate that OBE in patients with dizziness may arise from a combination of perceptual incoherence evoked by the vestibular dysfunction with psychological factors (depersonalization-derealization, depression and anxiety) and neurological factors (migraine),” the study concludes.
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