Journal of Near-Death Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 45–53

Near-death experiences: A neurophysiologic explanatory model

  • Melvin L. Morse
  • David VeneciaJr.
  • Jerrold Milstein
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01076138

Cite this article as:
Morse, M.L., Venecia, D. & Milstein, J. J Near-Death Stud (1989) 8: 45. doi:10.1007/BF01076138

Abstract

Prior hypotheses as to the etiology of near-death experiences (NDEs) have been limited to psychiatric explanations or brief discussions of endorphins as causative agents. We present a neurophysiological explanation for NDEs based on their similarities with lysergic acid-, ketamine-, and hypercapnia-induced hallucinations. We believe the core NDE is genetically imprinted and triggered by serotonergic mechanisms.

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© Human Sciences Press 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melvin L. Morse
    • 1
    • 2
  • David VeneciaJr.
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jerrold Milstein
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics at the University of WashingtonSeattle
  2. 2.Children's Orthopedic Hospital and Medical CenterSeattle
  3. 3.Renton

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