Researchers from University of Edinburgh and Cambridge University have debunked near-death experiences as paranormal phenomena and said that they were just the result of change in normal brain function.
Near death experiences are heralded as the proof that life exists even after death but the researchers said that they were the result of our minds playing tricks on us rather than proof of afterlife.
AdvertisementThe team of psychologists analyzed various near death experiences including tunnels of light, out of body experiences and visiting dead relatives. The researchers found that all the phenomena could be attributed to the brain trying to make sense of unusual sensations and perceptions that occur during a traumatic event.
"Some of the studies we examined show that many of the people experiencing a near-death experience were not actually in danger of dying, although most thought they were. The scientific evidence suggests that all aspects of the near-death experience have a biological basis", lead researcher Caroline Watt said.