Everyone says, your life will flash before your eyes. But the truth is we’ve never known what happens right before we die. Dr Cameron Shaw, neurologist dissected a woman’s brain to solve to find out what happened immediately before she died.
Your brain does not shut down as quickly as the rest of your body when you die; it’s still working. New studies have found that your brain can enter a “hyper state of perceptual neural activity” at the time of death. Essentially your brain is still projecting imagery.
He explained that the last 30 seconds of a person’s life can be divided into 10-second intervals. Firstly the brain dies from the top, claiming all our human characteristics.
“Our sense of self, our sense of humour, our ability to think ahead -that stuff all goes within the first 10 to 20 seconds. Then, as the wave of blood-starved brain cells spread out, our memories and language centres short out, until we’re left with just a core.” Says Shaw
According to Shaw, the out of body experience some people report after having a near death experience isn’t real.
“I had a neuroscience instructor who had an out-of-body, near-death experience they were trying to revive him and he witnessed that as a disconnected person. He was brought back and described that circumstance to others, this is what I saw, but basically everything he said, none of that actually happened. The brain can create a visual world around you that resembles something close to reality that isn’t reality because you’re actually blind.”
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You will experience tunnel vision when you lose blood to the brain, followed by immediate blackness. Almost like a flash of white light at the end of a tunnel.
Researchers from Hadassah University in Jerusalem examined seven different people who had near-death experiences and found they all saw intense experiences.
It’s not like in the movies, where the flashback starts at birth and work chronologically. However, people who have experienced this it’s surprising how many memories can be packed into that short period of time.
Dr Shaw is hardly the first person to study death, numerous studies have been undertaken in an attempt to understand our last moments.
Source: National Geographic