[en] Seeing a bright light at the end of a tunnel or having a sense of being out of the physical body are phenomena that some patients report after having been close to death. Some spiritual and psychological theories have been developed in order to explain these near-death-experiences. Clinical studies have aimed to determine their frequency and to assess their precipitating factors. Recent neuroimaging studies, however, have shown the involvement of the temporo-parietal cortex in the generation of out-of-body experiences and are offering a physiological, neurological account for the phenomenon, rebuffing dualistic, non-physical explanations.
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Thonnard, Marie ; Université de Liège - ULiège > Centre de recherches du cyclotron
Schnakers, Caroline ; Université de Liège - ULiège > Centre de recherches du cyclotron
Boly, Mélanie ; Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences cliniques > Neurologie
Bruno, Marie-Aurélie ; Université de Liège - ULiège > Centre de recherches du cyclotron
Laureys, Steven ; Université de Liège - ULiège > Centre de recherches du cyclotron
Vanhaudenhuyse, Audrey ; Université de Liège - ULiège > Centre de recherches du cyclotron
Experiences de mort imminente: phenomenes paranormaux ou neurologiques?
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[en] Near-death experiences: fact and fancy
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Revue Médicale de Liège
Université de Liège. Revue Médicale de Liège, Liège, Belgium
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