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Ecstatic Epileptic Seizures - the Role of the Insula in Altered Self-Awareness

  title={Ecstatic Epileptic Seizures - the Role of the Insula in Altered Self-Awareness},
  author={Markus Gschwind and Fabienne Picard},
Ecstatic auras are a rare but compelling epileptic entity. During the first seconds of the seizure, ecstatic auras provoke feelings of well-being, intense serenity, bliss, and enhanced self-awareness. They can be associated with the impression of dilated time, and are sometimes described as a mystic experience by some patients. The functional neuroanatomy of ecstatic seizures is still debated. During recent years several patients presenting with ecstatic auras have been reported by us and… 
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