The near-death experiences of patients with locked-in syndrome
Near-death experiences are still partly shrouded in mystery. Mystical explanations aside, researchers from the University of Liège’s Coma Science Group and Liège CHU are attempting to elucidate the physiological and psychological processes likely to explain how they occur and how ‘experiencers’ experience them. In an article recently published in Consciousness and Cognition, they show that the emotions reported by patients with locked-in syndrome who have had a near-death experience, are less positive than those of other experiencers, but their autobiographical memories are richer.
The theories proposed to explain NDE can be grouped into three categories: spiritual, psychological and neurological.