How To Trigger An Out-Of-Body Experience Using Video

out-of-body experienceOut-of-body experiences on demand? Gizmag reveals:

New research demonstrates that triggering an out-of-body experience (OBE) could be as simple as getting a person to watch a video of themselves with their heartbeat projected onto it. According to the study, it’s easy to trick the mind into thinking it belongs to an external body and manipulate a person’s self-consciousness by externalizing the body’s internal rhythms. The findings could lead to new treatments for people with perceptual disorders such as anorexia.

Most of us don’t experience OBE’s because our brains are constantly filtering information from all our senses to help us identify what we are and what we aren’t. For instance we know that our reflection isn’t actually part of us. However the processes that give us the feeling of being in our bodies can be disrupted either naturally (seizures) or artificially (feeding the brain conflicting sensory inputs).

Dr. Jane Aspell and Phd Student Lukas Heydrich attached 17 participants to electrocardiogram sensors and had them view videos of their bodies through virtual reality goggles so that their body appeared to be two meters in front of them.

Participants saw their own heartbeats visually imposed on their virtual doubles in the form of a flashing outline around the body that pulsed in sync. After a couple of minutes, many of the participants reported sensations of being in an entirely different part of the room rather than their physical body and feeling that their “selves” were closer to their virtual doubles.

6 Comments on "How To Trigger An Out-Of-Body Experience Using Video"

  1. Kevin Leonard | Sep 3, 2013 at 8:49 am |

    False equivalency.

  2. mole_face | Sep 3, 2013 at 10:45 am |

    That setup looks pretty expensive. Three bottles of Dollar Store cough syrup will give you a much more authentic out of body experience for only a few bucks.

    • Charlie Primero | Sep 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm |

      I agree. That setup is too expensive.

      Country boys taught me how to achieve the same effect with these weird purple mushrooms you can find FOR FREE growing out of cow patties. You have to get them early in the morning in a shady spot before the heat from the sun makes them wilt and fall into the cow shit.

      You then climb up into a big tree with a 1/2 case of Shiner Bock for nutrition and sit there for 16 hours until the sun goes down. GOOD TIMES.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Sep 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm |

    is an out of body experience
    psychosis is trigger by electric technologies
    something that goes unnoticed by the effected

  4. I’m always a little worried about technology that forces experiences like these. Like I would be cautious of using tech that triggers lucid dreams and whatnot. If you can’t/won’t do it naturally, it could be for a good reason that you won’t be able to figure out and detect if you just override.

  5. What happens if the virtual body is damaged in some way? Does the subject feel pain?

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