Inducing out-of-body experiences in hypnosis (H-OBEs) offers an almost unique opportunity to investigate them under con- trolled conditions. OBEs were induced as an imaginative task in a resting condition (I-OBE) or in hypnosis (H-OBE) in a group of 15 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 adminis- tered to assess the phenomenological aspects of the subjects’ 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. These results suggest that the H-OBE may offer a useful experimental model of spontaneous OBEs.

THE NEUROPHENOMENOLOGY OF OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCES INDUCED BY HYPNOTIC SUGGESTIONS

Facco, Enrico
Writing – Review & Editing
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Casiglia, Edoardo
Investigation
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FINATTI, FRANCESCO
Investigation
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Duma, Gian Marco
Formal Analysis
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Mento, Giovanni
Formal Analysis
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Pederzoli, Luciano
Conceptualization
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Tressoldi, Patrizio
Conceptualization
2019

Abstract

Inducing out-of-body experiences in hypnosis (H-OBEs) offers an almost unique opportunity to investigate them under con- trolled conditions. OBEs were induced as an imaginative task in a resting condition (I-OBE) or in hypnosis (H-OBE) in a group of 15 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 adminis- tered to assess the phenomenological aspects of the subjects’ 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. These results suggest that the H-OBE may offer a useful experimental model of spontaneous OBEs.
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