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      There is nothing paranormal about near-death experiences: how neuroscience can explain seeing bright lights, meeting the dead, or being convinced you are one of them.

      Trends in Cognitive Sciences

      Vision, Ocular, Public Opinion, Neurosciences, Light, Humans, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Death, physiology, Brain, Attitude to Death

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          Approximately 3% of Americans declare to have had a near-death experience. These experiences classically involve the feeling that one's soul has left the body, approaches a bright light and goes to another reality, where love and bliss are all encompassing. Contrary to popular belief, research suggests that there is nothing paranormal about these experiences. Instead, near-death experiences are the manifestation of normal brain function gone awry, during a traumatic, and sometimes harmless, event. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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          10.1016/j.tics.2011.07.010
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