Out-of-Body Experience Induced by Hypnotic Suggestions: An Exploratory Neurophenomenological Study

36 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2016 Last revised: 9 Oct 2017

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Luciano Pederzoli

University of Padova

William Giroldini

EvanLab

Gian Marco Duma

University of Padua

Giovanni Mento

University of Padua - Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale

Elena Prati

EvanLab

Patrizio E. Tressoldi

Università di Padova

Date Written: August 9, 2016

Abstract

The main objective of this study was to compare the neurophenomenology of the Out-of-Body-Experience (OBE) state induced by hypnotic suggestions on a group of five selected participants with the state of imagined OBE and resting state hypnosis.

From a phenomenological point by using the Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory, a comparison of the OBE state with that of deep hypnosis of a different group of participants, showed higher scores in the Self-Awareness, Altered Experience, Memory, Voluntary Control, Positive Affective and Rationality subdimensions and lower score in the Negative Affective, Arousal, and Attention subdimension.

From a neurophysiological perspective, the major difference was an increase in the power spectrum density and a decrease of coherence of the delta band when participants were required to answer questions posed by the hypnotist during their OBE state with respect to imagined OBE and resting state hypnosis conditions, suggesting that this could be the neurophysiological marker of this special state of consciousness.

Keywords: Out-of-Body-Experience, Hypnosis, EEG, Neurophenomenology, Consciousness

Suggested Citation

Pederzoli, Luciano and Giroldini, William and Duma, Gian Marco and Mento, Giovanni and Prati, Elena and Tressoldi, Patrizio E., Out-of-Body Experience Induced by Hypnotic Suggestions: An Exploratory Neurophenomenological Study (August 9, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2820689 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2820689

Luciano Pederzoli

University of Padova ( email )

Via 8 Febbraio
Padova, 2-35122
Italy

William Giroldini

EvanLab ( email )

Firenze
Italy

Gian Marco Duma

University of Padua ( email )

Via 8 Febbraio 1848, 2
Padova, 35122
Italy

Giovanni Mento

University of Padua - Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale ( email )

via Venezia 8
Padova, 35131
Italy

Elena Prati

EvanLab ( email )

Firenze
Italy

Patrizio E. Tressoldi (Contact Author)

Università di Padova ( email )

via Venezia 8
Padova, 35131
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://www.patriziotressoldi.it

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