What Near-Death Experiences Might Tell Us About the Brain

"It can generate a sense of detachment from the body and the self and, at higher doses, a full-blown dissociative experience."

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Feb 20 2019, 8:01pm

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When people have near death experiences, or NDEs, the symptoms are often very similar: A bright light. An out-of-body experience. Feelings of love, and a lessening of the fear of death. And this phenomenon has been recorded across time and cultures, as far back as the 12th century. Now, scientists are studying the similarities between NDEs and drugs like Ketamine with the hopes of unlocking some of the mysteries of human consciousness. Others see an opportunity to one day treat anxiety and mental illness with NDEs. On this episode of The VICE Guide To Right Now Podcast, we talk to TONIC reporter Shayla Love about her recent article on this topic.

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