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Voyages astraux et hors du corps. Héautoscopie, extase et hallucinations expérientielles d'origine épileptique [Astral and out-of-body voyages. Heautoscopy, ecstasis and experimental hallucinations of epileptic origin]
Publication types: Case Reports ; English Abstract ; Journal Article - Publication Status: ppublish
We report a 38 year-old patient who had temporoparietal epilepsy and unusual ictal "out of body" experiences that remained undiagnosed for more than ten years, until her admission for a motor seizure of the left hemibody. Out of body episodes were experienced as intense and ecstatic astral journeys. EEG showed a bilateral extension of epileptiform abnormalities to the parietal regions, predominantly on the right side. We discuss the various forms of heautoscopy and their putative mechanisms. We suggest that a disturbance in representing space in independent extrapersonal and personal coordinates might be as crucial as the elusive hypothesis of a body schema disorder. Combined involvement of the parietal neocortex and temporolimbic structures might allow those experiences to gain a subjective vividness which appears to be indissociable from normal conscious experiences.
Adult, Astrology, Body Image, Brain Diseases, Electroencephalography, Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe, Female, Hallucinations, Humans, Illusions, Limbic System, Mind-Body Relations (Metaphysics), Neuropsychological Tests, Parietal Lobe
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