An out of body experience is when a patient feels they can see their own body from a distance. Patients say it happens, but researchers have had a hard time explaining it.
Now, an accidental study proves at least that this phenomenon is not just a dream. The patient in the study was originally having an electronic device implanted to treat chronic ringing of the ears.
While that didn't work, the patient did have several out-of-body experiences long enough for researchers to study his brain and see some differences during those episodes. In fact, they found they could stimulate that spot in the brain and actually trigger an out of body experience.
The report is in the New England Journal of Medicine.