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skywizard
13th November 2013, 15:43
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The brain relies on a complex interplay of information from different senses to produce the experience of being inside of a body even when it's someone else's body, researchers say..

SAN DIEGO The human mind effortlessly constructs the feeling of inhabiting a body, and now scientists are figuring out how the brain produces that experience.

The findings, presented here Sunday (Nov. 10) at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, highlight which brain regions are active when a person has an out-of-body experience.

Recent studies have shown that the brain incorporates information from multiple senses and the first-person visual perspective to create a sense of body ownership. But it's still unclear how the brain perceives the body's location in space.

In the study, which has not yet been published in a scientific journal, participants lay inside an MRI scanner while wearing a head-mounted display that showed a first-person camera view of another person's body lying in a corner of the scanner room, with their head either parallel to a wall or perpendicular to it. Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden repeatedly touched each participant with an object while simultaneously touching the body shown in the camera view. This gave participants the illusion that the body in the camera view belonged to them.

To heighten the illusion, the researchers used a knife to threaten the body in the camera, and measured the participants' skinconductance, or ability to conduct electricity (humans sweat more when they're scared). Indeed, the conductance went up for participants as they viewed their virtual body being threatened.

While the participants were experiencing the body illusion, their brains' parietal and premotor cortices lit up. These areas are involved in integrating sensory information and planning body movements. In addition, the level of brain activity corresponded with the strength of the illusion, suggesting these brain regions are important for producing a sense of body ownership.

The researchers also examined which brain areas represented a person's location and the direction their head was facing. Using algorithms that looked at patterns across the entire brain, they found that in addition to the parietal cortex, the hippocampus a brain region critical for memory was also active in producing a sense of location.

The findings suggest the brain relies on a complex interplay of information from different senses to produce the experience of being inside of a body even when it's someone else's.


Source: http://www.livescience.com/41128-out-of-body-experiences-explained.html


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skywizard

Spiral
13th November 2013, 16:23
Thats very important research, shame they had to hide its true significance by giving it a title which has nothing to do with what they were doing.

The brain does not create OBEs, thats nonsense, how can the brain see things thousands of miles away that the five senses have no experience of ?

What they did in that experiment does show is how experiences where the person identifies with a person on a screen are taken as real by the brain, thus proving the very real mind control abilities of TV and the dangers & MK possibilities of computer games.

But then that is not a clever thing to put in the public domain if you want plenty of funding........

BabaRa
13th November 2013, 19:57
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The brain does not create OBEs, thats nonsense, how can the brain see things thousands of miles away that the five senses have no experience of ?

What they did in that experiment does show is how experiences where the person identifies with a person on a screen are taken as real by the brain, thus proving the very real mind control abilities of TV and the dangers & MK possibilities of computer games.

But then that is not a clever thing to put in the public domain if you want plenty of funding........


Agree! . . . .Had one - how could I have known and seen things that happened 3,000 miles away? And since many others have also, I do feel that tptb love to come up with research that shows we're really not having a spiritual experience.

Calz
13th November 2013, 20:03
There is so very much proof out there now that dispels not only this but similar claims on NDEs.

Humanity is under a remarkably high level of mind control so it is hard to discount or prove much ... yet this seems to be one of those occasions.

thenmac
13th November 2013, 21:42
Suprising the lengths some scientists will go to stay inside a reductionist box.

Sort of akin to saying don`t worry about taking exercise or enjoying life. We can take a chemical pill that can

replace Endorphins , Serotonin etc and the experience will be identical. It won`t .

Rant over :D

Thxs skywizard , beautiful graphic by the way.:cool: