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Neuro Science

Out of Body Experiences and the Angular Gyrus of the Brain.

This is great article and website, well worth a look.

There have been cases where people have had OBEs, and seen things from an out-of-body perspective that they could not have seen from their body's location. This writer holds that the brain is involved in triggering OBEs, but once they're happening, other mechanisms predominate.

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Neurotransmitters

A brief explanation of the different neurotransmitters and their functions.. Read more

Acetylcholine
Norepinephrine
Dopamine
GABA
Glutamate
Serotonin
Endorphin

Stress and Sleep Talking

Sleep talking, formally known as somniloquy, is a type of parasomnia, or sleep disorder, that involves talking during sleep without being aware of it. Sleep talking can occur during any stage of sleep, but it has been found that the lighter the sleep, the more understandable the speech.

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Sleep Makes Your Memories Stronger, and Helps With Creativity

ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2010) — As humans, we spend about a third of our lives asleep. So there must be a point to it, right? Scientists have found that sleep helps consolidate memories, fixing them in the brain so we can retrieve them later. Now, new research is showing that sleep also seems to reorganize memories, picking out the emotional details and reconfiguring the memories to help you produce new and creative ideas, according to the authors of an article in Current Directions in Psychological Science.

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Dream recording device 'possible' researcher claims

A US researcher says he plans to electronically record and interpret dreams.

Writing in the journal Nature, scientists say they have developed a system capable of recording higher level brain activity.

"We would like to read people's dreams," says the lead scientist Dr Moran Cerf.

The aim is not to interlope, but to extend our understanding of how and why people dream.

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Hypnosis Reaches the Parts that Brain Scans and Neurosurgery Cannot

Whenever AR sees a face, her thoughts are bathed in colour and each identity triggers its own rich hue that shines across her mind's eye. This experience is a type of synaesthesia which, for about one in every 100 people, automatically blends the senses. Some people taste words, others see sounds, but AR experiences colour with every face she sees. But on this occasion, perhaps for the first time in her life, a face is just a face. No colours, no rich hues, no internal lights.

If the experience is novel for AR, it is equally new to science because no one had suspected that synaesthesia could be reversed.

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Study of brain injury hints at roots of creativity

In 1997, when she was 44, a massive stroke cost painter Katherine Sherwood the permanent use of her right hand.

Today, the Bay Area artist is painting with her left hand, her career more successful than ever.

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New psychological evidence for a ‘sixth sense’

A line of research into what makes two people “click” may be leading to solid evidence of a sixth sense.

The research that is looking at the moment when two people find that “spark” during interaction — the moment of “oneness” — and it’s offering a compelling look at what happens in the mind and physiology when two people have a sense for what one another are thinking and feeling, beyond exchange of words and visual cues.

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Out-of-Body Experiences: All in the Brain?

IANDS.org - In 2002 an article appeared in the leading scientific journal Nature documenting an induced out of body experience through focal electrical stimulation of the brain's right angular gyrus in a patient who was undergoing evaluation for epilepsy treatment. Access to the original paper is available at the Nature website. This article is a response by three NDE researchers. This article was originally published in Vital Signs Volume 21, Number 3.

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