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The "sensed presence": An epileptic aura with religious overtones
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Neuroscience and Locomotion, Neurology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Neurology.
2006 (English)In: Epilepsy & Behavior, ISSN 1525-5050, Vol. 9, no 1, 186-188 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

"Sensed presence," a religious emotion, has been the focus of recent neurotheological research because it has been claimed that weak transcranial magnetic stimulation can evoke such experiences. Some researchers have recently questioned this claim. However, religion and epilepsy have been linked through history, clinical observations, and research. This article describes the "sensed presence" as an aura in one patient who did not interpret his experience in a religious way. He had bilateral hypoperfusion of the temporal lobes when investigated by SPECT, and hypoplasia of the dorsal part of the left hippocampus when examined by magnetic resonance imaging. This case report illustrates that "sensed presence" can occur as an epileptic aura with or without religious interpretation. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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2006. Vol. 9, no 1, 186-188 p.
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Seizures; Psychological; Ictal; SPECT; Lateralizing
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-36056DOI: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2006.04.023Local ID: 29626OAI: diva2:256904
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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