Does the arousal system contribute to near death experience?

@article{Nelson2006DoesTA,
  title={Does the arousal system contribute to near death experience?},
  author={Kevin R. Nelson and Michelle L Mattingly and Sherman A Lee and Frederick A. Schmitt},
  journal={Neurology},
  year={2006},
  volume={66 7},
  pages={1003-9}
}
The neurophysiologic basis of near death experience (NDE) is unknown. Clinical observations suggest that REM state intrusion contributes to NDE. Support for the hypothesis follows five lines of evidence: REM intrusion during wakefulness is a frequent normal occurrence, REM intrusion underlies other clinical conditions, NDE elements can be explained by REM intrusion, cardiorespiratory afferents evoke REM intrusion, and persons with an NDE may have an arousal system predisposing to REM intrusion… CONTINUE READING

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