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Stumbled across this fascinating dissertation by Farnoosh (‘Faith’) Nouri, titled “Electromagnetic aftereffects of near-death experiences“:

The purpose of this quantitative study was first to investigate the comparative incidence of electromagnetic aftereffects (EMEs) during the past year among near-death experiencers (NDErs), people who experienced a close brush with death without an NDE (CBrs), and people who reported never having experienced a close brush with death (LCErs). The second purpose was to investigate a possible change in EME incidence among the three groups before and after a critical life event. The third purpose was to investigate the relationship between the reported overall depth and specific components of the subjective experiences of people who have had a close brush with death–NDErs and CBrs–and their reported incidence of EMEs.

…Findings from this study show that NDErs have a strong possibility of experiencing electromagnetic interferences when close to electromagnetic devices such as cell phones, computers, lights, and watches after their NDEs. This phenomenon can be a stressor in the lives of NDErs and their families and friends.

You can download the full dissertation as a PDF from here. Note that Nouri’s advisor on the dissertation was respected NDE researcher Janice Holden, past-President of the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS), who I’d imagine would have provided some good insights and criticism on this particular topic.

Real effect, or just a crazy self-confirming idea that NDErs take to after their experience?