Neurophenomenology of Out-of-Body Experiences Induced by Hypnotic Suggestions

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Enrico Facco

University of Padova

Edoardo Casiglia

Italian Center of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (CIIICS)

Benedikt Emanuel Al Khafaji

University of Padova

Francesco Finatti

University of Padova - Department of Medicine

Gian Marco Duma

University of Padova

Giovanni Mento

University of Padova - Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale

Luciano Pederzoli

EvanLab

Patrizio E. Tressoldi

Università di Padova

Date Written: July 19, 2018

Abstract

Inducing out-of-body experiences in hypnosis (H-OBEs) offers an almost unique opportunity to investigate them in a controlled condition.

OBEs were induced as in imaginative task in a resting condition (I-OBE) or in hypnosis (H-OBE) in a group of fifteen high hypnotizable subjects. A 32-channel EEG was recorded and the spectral power and imaginary coherence of each frequency band and each couple of electrodes were calculated. At the end of each session, the Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory (PCI) was administered to check the phenomenological aspects of their experience.

Significantly higher scores in the Altered State, Positive Affect, Altered Experience and Attention subdimensions of the PCI were reported in H-OBE than in I-OBE, which were associated with a significant decrease of power in beta and gamma band activity in right parieto-temporal derivations.

Our results suggest that the H-OBE may offer a useful experimental model of spontaneous OBEs.

Keywords: Out-of-Body Experience, Hypnosis, Consciousness, EEG, Phenomenology, Near-Death Experiences

Suggested Citation

Facco, Enrico and Casiglia, Edoardo and Al Khafaji, Benedikt Emanuel and Finatti, Francesco and Duma, Gian Marco and Mento, Giovanni and Pederzoli, Luciano and Tressoldi, Patrizio E., Neurophenomenology of Out-of-Body Experiences Induced by Hypnotic Suggestions (July 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3149559

Enrico Facco

University of Padova ( email )

Via 8 Febbraio
Padova, Vicenza 2-35122
Italy

Edoardo Casiglia

Italian Center of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (CIIICS) ( email )

Turin
Italy

Benedikt Emanuel Al Khafaji

University of Padova ( email )

Via 8 Febbraio
Padova, Vicenza 2-35122
Italy

Francesco Finatti

University of Padova - Department of Medicine ( email )

Via 8 Febbraio, 2
Padova, Vicenza 35122
Italy

Gian Marco Duma

University of Padova ( email )

Via 8 Febbraio 1848, 2
Padova, Vicenza 35122
Italy

Giovanni Mento

University of Padova - Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale ( email )

via Venezia 8
Padova, 35131
Italy

Luciano Pederzoli

EvanLab ( email )

Via dei Ricci, 22
Impruneta, Firenze 50023
Italy

Patrizio E. Tressoldi (Contact Author)

Università di Padova ( email )

via Venezia 8
Padova, 35131
Italy

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