An 87-year-old man recently died after an accident while connected to an electroencephalogram. This is not the first time that a person’s brain wave has been recorded at the time of death, but never before have doctors noticed details as unprecedented and valuable as in this case.
“For decades, people have reported episodes of paradoxical lucidity and heightened awareness associated with death. This is interesting, because it appears to occur in areas of the brain that are closing,” said Dr. Sam Parnia, director of intensive care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone.
“Although previously considered simply anecdotal, surveys show that this phenomenon occurs in approximately 10% of the population, suggesting that about 800 million people live with this phenomenon.”
During the analysis of these 900 seconds of sensory activity, changes were observed in brain waves associated with higher order cognitive functions, such as information processing, concentration, memory retrieval, conscious perception and the different phases of consciousness. the brain actively participates in memory retrieval.
So is it true that our whole life flashes before our eyes at that moment?
According to Parnia, while the brain is in the process of shutting down and dying, the normally depressed functions of our brain activity appear. We are given a connection to aspects of our mind that are often dark, such as the depth of consciousness. So what we see, or will see, is not so much a series of images shown so often in fiction, but scenes recorded in deep memory.