In "Out-of-body" experiences, an individual has a sense of our consciousness leaving our body. Often related to drug use and associated with a "paranormal" experience, out-of-body experiences provide us with an obstacle in thinking; they are a mystery to comprehend how perception can take us away from our own body.
It has been a common judgement to label people who claim to have an "out-of-body" experience as dramatic and exaggerating, or even crazy. How can one actually find themselves looking at their own body? This cannot be a possible perception of reality even in people whose vision is altered in some way. Unless someone is tricked by mirrors, how can one actually have such an experience?
In a New York times article from 2006, studies illustrate the science and explanation showing the brain's role in perceiving out-of-body experiences.
Neuroscientists have found evidence that these seemingly mystical experiences are actually induced by electrical currents traveling through the brain. By stimulating specific patches of brain tissues, scientists have been able to initiate these experiences in subjects.
By tricking our senses, our brain has the power not only to alter what we view around us.. but where our consciousness stands in relation to our own body.