Margitta Seeck

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During an out-of-body experience (OBE), the experient seems to be awake and to see his body and the world from a location outside the physical body. A closely related experience is autoscopy (AS), which is characterized by the experience of seeing one's body in extrapersonal space. Yet, despite great public interest and many case studies, systematic(More)
'Out-of-body' experiences (OBEs) are curious, usually brief sensations in which a person's consciousness seems to become detached from the body and take up a remote viewing position. Here we describe the repeated induction of this experience by focal electrical stimulation of the brain's right angular gyrus in a patient who was undergoing evaluation for(More)
The spatial unity of self and body is challenged by various philosophical considerations and several phenomena, perhaps most notoriously the "out-of-body experience" (OBE) during which one's visual perspective and one's self are experienced to have departed from their habitual position within one's body. Although researchers started examining isolated(More)
We review recent methodological advances in electromagnetic source imaging and present EEG data from our laboratory obtained by application of these methods. There are two principal steps in our analysis of multichannel electromagnetic recordings: (i) the determination of functionally relevant time periods in the ongoing electric activity and (ii) the(More)
Intracranial electrophysiological recordings in primates showed repeatedly that neurons in several cortical areas are activated very early after visual stimulus presentation, practically at the same time (or even before) the activation of primary sensory neurons. Even neurons at the highest hierarchical levels of the visual system are activated in less than(More)
The possibility of combining the high spatial resolution of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with the high temporal resolution of electroencephalography (EEG) may provide a new tool in cognitive neurophysiology, as well as in clinical applications such as epilepsy. However, the simultaneous recording of EEG and fMRI raises important practical(More)
Evidence from functional brain imaging studies suggests that mental imagery processes, like other higher cognitive functions, simultaneously activate different neuronal networks involving multiple cortical areas. The question of whether these different areas are truly simultaneously active or whether they are temporally distinct and might reflect different(More)
The authors evaluated the feasibility, clinical yield, and localization precision of high-resolution EEG source imaging of interictal epileptic activity. A consecutive series of 44 patients with intractable epilepsy of various causes, who underwent a comprehensive presurgical epilepsy evaluation, were subjected to a 128-channel EEG recording. A standardized(More)
OBJECTIVE Electroencephalography (EEG) source reconstruction is becoming recognized as a useful technique to non-invasively localize the epileptic focus. Whereas, large array magnetoencephalography (MEG) systems are available since quite some time, application difficulties have previously prevented multichannel EEG recordings. Recently, however, EEG systems(More)
Electrical cortical stimulation of the human frontal gyri and the precentral gyrus has been shown to induce eye movements and it has classically been assumed that these stimulation-induced eye movements result from electrical interference with the human homologue of the monkey frontal eye field (FEF). However, amplitude of electrical current and induced(More)