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near-death experiences


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An episode with characteristic cognitive and emotional features sometimes experienced by people close to death, typically involving a sensation of moving through a tunnel, feeling unnaturally calm, an out-of-body experience, and sometimes mystical or religious feelings. The term was introduced in 1975 by the US parapsychologist Raymond Moody (born 1944) in his book Life After Life: ‘During the past few years I have encountered a large number of persons who were involved in what I shall call “near-death experiences”’ (p. 18). NDE abbrev.

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Psychology.


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