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Out-of-Body experiences have surprisingly happened to many people. An out-of-body experience is when a person senses their consciousness leaving their body.
Many people describe them to happen when they are under an incredible amount of stress. Such as in the textbook, the example used is about a female police officer on the first day of her job. As she was apprehending a criminal she felt as though she was watching the entire episode from above the actual scene. OBE.png That leads me to question if what they are experiencing is actually happening or if it just seems like it. Our bodies react to things in astonishing ways so part of me definitely believes this is possible, however; I am skeptical at the same time. This type of experience seems to be similar to how the brain fills in information in different situations. For example when your brain fills in a pattern of a picture that is not really there. Numerous studies have been performed to try and replicate an out-of-body experience. In these studies, researches project an image of the subject about six feet in front of themselves. The subjects wore virtual reality goggles that allowed them to see the back of themselves. They then perform touch tests on the subjects, for example, stroking their back with a stick. When the strokes of both the subject and the projected image were synchronized, the subject reported feeling a sense of being inside the image of them. This information was found from an article about out-of-body experiences in the New York Times; http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/23/science/23cnd-body.html. There are many different claims about these experiences and we may never know if it is true or not, but it certainly is interesting to think about!
Here is another article from the New York Times concerning out-of-body experiences: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/health/psychology/03shad.html?pagewanted=all

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