When you hear “out-of-body experience,” you probably think of hallucinations caused by drugs or a mental instability, but a new study published in Elsevier’s Cortex suggests that out-of-body experiences (OBEs) occur in nonclinical populations as well. Jason Braithwaite of the University of Birmingham has been studying OBEs in healthy individuals by looking at the underlying factors that predispose these individuals to have OBEs. Braithwaite and colleagues found that OBEs can and do occur in healthy and psychologically normal people. These hallucination-like experiences reflect anomalies in the neuroelectrical activity of the temporal lobes and biases, if not distorts, how the brain processes and represents the body’s sense of itself. This groundbreaking research begins to shed light on the poorly understood phenomena of out-of-body experiences.
The National Science Foundation (NSF), one of the premier science-funding agencies in the United States, has recognized a group of psychological scientists with early-career awards. More
Psychological scientists looking to apply for funding from the US National Science Foundation may be interested in upcoming January and February deadlines. More
The National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research honored psychological scientist Jamie L. Hanson (University of Pittsburgh) with the Matilda White Riley Early Stage Investigator Paper Award. More