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All my books and articles are listed in Publications

People often ask me what to read on a particular subject. Here are some suggestions.

Out-of-body Experiences

Here is an account of my own OBE, from 1970.
Most of my research on OBEs was decades ago, as you can see from the articles below, but now that the science is really taking off I am writing a new book on OBEs to be published in 2016.


'The new science of out-of-body experiences' Lecture for CogNovo, University of Plymouth, 7 December 2015 watch on Vimeo

Interview with me on Consciousness Central, at "Towards a Science of Consciousness", Helsinki, June 2015, about my presentation on "Out-of-body experiences and what they tell us about ourselves".

Interview about  my own OBE and OBE experiments for MOOC Think101 (see also the original 1970 account of my own OBE).

Read Books 

Blackmore, S. 1993 Dying to Live: Science and the Near Death Experience, London, Grafton, ISBN 0 586 09212 9
and Dying to Live: Near Death Experiences. Buffalo, N.Y., Prometheus, ISBN 087975 870 8

Blackmore, S. 1982 Beyond the Body: An investigation into out-of-body experiences , reprinted 1992 (with new postscript), Chicago, Academy Chicago, ISBN 0 89733 344 6. Translations

Book Chapters

'The implausibility of astral bodies and astral worlds' and 'Out-of-body experiences are not evidence for survival. In The Myth of an Afterlife Ed. Michael Martin and Keith Augustine, Rowman & Littlefield, pp 393-403 and 519-27


Blackmore,S.J. 1991d Near-Death Experiences: In or out of the body? Skeptical Inquirer 16 34-45 (this article has been reprinted several times and also translated into Spanish). Reprinted in Fredriksson, I (Ed) Aspects of Consciousness: with new introduction - an update on OBEs.

Blackmore,S.J. and Wooffitt, R.C.1990 Out of the body experiences in young children Journal of the Society for Psychical Research 56 155-158 PDF

Blackmore,S.J. 1987c Where am I?: Perspectives in imagery, and the out-of-body experience Journal of Mental Imagery 11 53-66 PDF

Blackmore,S.J. 1986c Where am I?: perspectives in imagery, memory and the OBE. In: Research in Parapsychology 1985 Ed. D.Weiner and D.Radin, Metuchen, N.J. Scarecrow, 163-164

Blackmore,S.J. 1986b Out-of-body experiences in schizophrenia: a questionnaire survey Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 174 615-619

Blackmore,S.J. 1986a  Spontaneous and deliberate OBEs: a questionnaire survey Journal of the Society for Psychical Research 53 218-224 PDF

Blackmore,S.J. 1984a A postal survey of OBEs and other experiences Journal of the Society for Psychical Research 52 225-244 PDF

Blackmore,S.J. 1984b  A psychological theory of the OBE Journal of Parapsychology 48 201-218 PDF Also reprinted, with new postscript, in Psychological Scientific Perspectives on Out of Body and Near Death Experiences. Ed: Craig D. Murray. NY Nova, 2009

Blackmore,S.J. 1983d Are out-of-the-body experiences evidence for survival? Anabiosis 3 137-155

Blackmore,S.J. 1983e Birth and the OBE: an unhelpful analogy Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research 77 229-238

Blackmore,S.J. and Harris,J. 1983 OBEs and perceptual distortions in schizophrenic patients and students. In Research in Parapsychology 1982 Ed. W.G.Roll, J.Beloff and R.A.White, Metuchen, N.J., Scarecrow, 232-234

Blackmore,S.J. 1982b Have you ever had an OBE?: the wording of the question Journal of the Society for Psychical Research 51 292-302 PDF

My own experience

Original 1970 account, and version posted at Charles Tart's TASTE site with 2001 commentary

See also Near-Death Experiences

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