Culture, Biology, and the Near-Death Experience: A Reappraisal

Allan Kellehear*

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Life review and tunnel sensation in near-death experiences appear to be culture-bound phenomena, confined largely to societies where historic religions are dominant. The clinical literature postulating biological theories for life review and tunnel sensations, therefore, may have been developed somewhat prematurely. The present review argues that social and historical explanations are more persuasive in the context of the available evidence presented here.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-156
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1993
Externally publishedYes

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