I was surprised to that learn out-of-body experiences (OBEs) are not only a studied phenomenon in the field of Psychology but also reported to have occurred among ten percent of the general population. As a college student, I was even more shocked to find that twenty-five percent of my peers have reported experiencing this surreal scenario. An OBE is defined as an "extraordinary sense of our consciousness leaving our body." (p. 178) There are countless testimonies of OBEs found in books, on television, on the internet, etc. However, according to Chapter 5 of the textbook, there is no conclusive or replicated evidence demonstrating that all of these people could actually have been floating out of their bodies. How can this be? How can so many people come forward with a type of story that Psychological testing has actually falsified?
The answer, according to researchers on the subject, could potentially be that these experiences are actually a "scrambling of the senses" with a result of a disruption in our physical body that feels a lot like an out-of-body experience. (p. 179) All of these theories on OBEs as a misinterpretation are based on researchers' basic knowledge of the human brain. The brain is capable of integrating sensory information from different pathways into a unified experience. In other words, the brain is able to take various bits of visual sensory impressions and formulate all of these bits to feel like one fluid encounter. According to the textbook, these sensory impressions combined with physical sensations can work to fool us into an out-of-body experience. (p. 179)