Out-of-the-Body Experiences and Dream Lucidity

Empirical Perspectives
  • Harvey J. Irwin


The objective of this chapter is to explore the possible relationship between proneness to lucid dreaming and the occurrence of a phenomenon known as the out-of-the-body experience (henceforth, OBE). In an OBE, the experient (or OBEr) has the impression that consciousness or the center of awareness is outside the physical body. Among the general public, the OBE commonly is regarded as a mystical phenomenon within which context it is known as astral projection or astral travel. Particularly in recent years, however, OBEs have attracted scientific interest among psychologists, parapsychologists, and psychiatrists so that there is a growing quantity of data as to the nature of the experience.


Cognitive Style Mental Imagery Visual Imagery Functional Connection Physical Body 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harvey J. Irwin
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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