The experimental induction of out-of-body experiences

Science. 2007 Aug 24;317(5841):1048. doi: 10.1126/science.1142175.


I report an illusion in which individuals experience that they are located outside their physical bodies and looking at their bodies from this perspective. This demonstrates that the experience of being localized within the physical body can be determined by the visual perspective in conjunction with correlated multisensory information from the body.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Image*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Illusions
  • Male
  • Perceptual Distortion
  • Touch