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Describing the Light: Attribution Theory as an Explanation of the Near-Death Experience

Description: Article exploring near-death experiences and attribution theory, which focuses on how information is used to create causal inferences and answer causal questions. The finding that near-death experiencers (NDErs) rarely describe unknown events, characters, or objects suggests that NDErs make attributions to answer why these experiences occurred. Examining various descriptions of NDEs demonstrates how attribution theory explains individuals' descriptions of their NDEs.
Date: Spring 1995
Creator: Norton, Max C. & Sahlman, James M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Meaning and Intensity of the Near-Death Experience

Description: Article exploring the hypothesis that near-death experiencers (NDErs) assign the meaning of the NDE by using causal (effect) and semantic (affect) attributions. To test this hypothesis, 32 spontaneous verbal accounts of NDEs were analyzed.
Date: Winter 1998
Creator: Sahlman, James M. & Norton, Max C.
Partner: UNT Libraries