Published: 6 September 2021 at 08:34
British Science Festival talk to discuss what happens to the brain during phenomenon
Do out of body experiences really exist? Can anyone have them? What makes them occur? These questions and many others will be explored at a free talk at the British Science Festival in Chelmsford this week (7-11 September).
Out of body experiences have fascinated people for millennia, and written accounts go back over two thousand years, but until recently there has been no scientific explanation for why this phenomenon occurs.
During the free talk on Tuesday, 7 September, neuroscientist Dr Jane Aspell will look at some of the recent scientific evidence behind the phenomenon and introduce case studies of people who have experienced profound changes to their sense of self, body and reality.
Dr Aspell will also present recent scientific studies that have investigated what happens in the brain during an out of body experience and in related conditions – autoscopic hallucinations and heautoscopy – in which people also see their own ‘body double’.
Dr Aspell, Associate Professor for Cognitive Neuroscience at Anglia Ruskin University, said: