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Staring into someone's eyes can induce OBEs

Posted on Monday, 9 September, 2019 | Comment icon 23 comments

What do you see when you stare into someone's eyes ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Laitr Keiows
It turns out that staring into someone's eyes for ten minutes can induce an altered state of consciousness.
In a study conducted in 2015, a group of 20 volunteers ( 15 women and 5 men ) were paired up and instructed to sit opposite one another in a dimly-lit room and stare continuously into each other's eyes.

Incredibly, this simple task induced what many described as 'out-of-body experiences' as well as bizarre hallucinations of family members and even monsters.

Most of the participants reported feeling detached from their surroundings.

"The participants in the eye-staring group said they'd had a compelling experience unlike anything they'd felt before," wrote psychologist Christian Jarrett.

The University of Urbino's Giovanni Caputo, who headed up the experiment, had previously attempted the same thing before but with a group of 50 participants who had been asked to stare at a mirror.

Even that was reported to have induced perceptional changes and hallucinations.

It is believed that the effect is down to what is known as neural adaptation which concerns how the neurons in the brain stop or slow down when responding to an unchanging stimulus.

In most cases, even the slightest eye movement is enough to cancel the altered state.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (23)

Tags: Eyes, Mind, Consciousness

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by ThereWeAreThen on 10 September, 2019, 8:06
What about a Knighthood? Hmm.
Comment icon #15 Posted by third_eye on 10 September, 2019, 8:24
Trust in me...† [00.02:47] ~
Comment icon #16 Posted by Impedancer on 10 September, 2019, 17:12
Or the high risk level of a knuckel sandwich with some extra ham and cheese.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Seti42 on 10 September, 2019, 17:28
This is why that 'Bloody Mary' mirror game is actually freaky if done right.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Hammerclaw on 11 September, 2019, 18:58
Was there a control group that stared at anything else for ten minutes like say a rose bush, or a picture of Donald Trump's face?
Comment icon #19 Posted by Dejarma on 12 September, 2019, 3:04
an altered state of fkin boredom more like!†
Comment icon #20 Posted by The Id3al Experience on 12 September, 2019, 3:53
wow, i study needed for this, Hypnotists have know this for years...
Comment icon #21 Posted by XenoFish on 12 September, 2019, 13:44
This probably isn't too dissimilar than staring at a mirror for the same amount of time. With the same stimulation the brain starts to 'short circuit' and you see distorted faces and 'demons', etc. Scrying 101.†
Comment icon #22 Posted by aztek on 13 September, 2019, 18:43
naw, i used to play staring game with my sister for much longer than 10 min.when we were kids,†never had any obe, neither of us.†
Comment icon #23 Posted by Timothy on 20 September, 2019, 11:12
Thatís kinda strange. Care to elaborate?

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