The OBE case histories of Dr John Palmer at John F Kennedy University - 03 The EEG and theta waves
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
David Scott Rogo - Leaving the Body: A Complete Guide to Astral Projection
One possible solution to this puzzle [why some have OBEs and some not] came to light in August 1978 when Palmer addressed a convention of parapsychologists at Washington University in St. Louis. He reported that toward the end of his University of Virginia project, he had started monitoring the brain waves of his volunteers, hoping to determine if any brain-wave changes occur when a person experiences an OBE. Palmer made a surprising discovery: .Subjects whose brain-wave patterns showed an abundance of theta waves while they were preparing for the experiment invariably reported OBEs during the forth-coming test. Palmer explained that during the course of his work, he came across three subjects who showed over 30 percent theta in their resting parietal EEGs. All three subsequently had OBEs as a result of his induction procedures.