About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Electricity Cascade in Brain Responsible for Near-Death Experiences

by Tanya Thomas on June 1, 2010 at 10:58 AM
Font : A-A+

 Electricity Cascade in Brain Responsible for Near-Death Experiences

Near death experiences have always seemed spooky, until now. Scientists have solved the mystery of why people "brought back from the dead" report powerful spiritual experiences.

In the study, researchers, who studied brainwaves of dying patients, found a surge of electrical activity in the brain moments before their lives ended.


According to the boffins, this surge may be the cause of near-death experiences, the mysterious medical phenomena in which patients who have been revived when close to death report sensations such as walking towards a bright light or a feeling that they are floating above their body, reports The Times.

Individuals who experience the sensation, call it a religious vision and treat it as confirmation of an afterlife. In fact, many revived patients have reported being bathed in bright light or suffused with a sense of peace as they start to walk into a light-filled tunnel. Some have even said they have experienced visions of religious figures such as Jesus or Muhammad or Krishna.

However, the scientists behind the new research believe that is wrong.

"We think the near-death experiences could be caused by a surge of electrical energy released as the brain runs out of oxygen," said Lakhmir Chawla, an intensive care doctor at George Washington University medical centre in Washington.

"As blood flow slows down and oxygen levels fall, the brain cells fire one last electrical impulse. It starts in one part of the brain and spreads in a cascade and this may give people vivid mental sensations," he added.

Chawla's research is published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Source: ANI


Recommended Reading

Latest Research News

Eight Threats to Black Adult's Longevity
Decoding the eight factors affecting Black adults' life expectancy.
Beyond the Campus: Contrasting Realities Revealed!
Sobering truth about foot travel in the United States emerges from international statistics, highlighting the prevalence of walking on the Blacksburg campus.
Astounding Link Between Darwin's Theory and Synaptic Plasticity — Discovered!
Unveiling a hidden mechanism, proteins within brain cells exhibit newfound abilities at synapses, reinforcing Darwin's theory of adaptation and diversity in the natural world.
Unlocking the Fountain of Youth: Exploring the Synergistic Power!
Combining micro-needling and cupping, two emerging and alternative techniques, in an experimental study reveals a potential synergy for skin rejuvenation.
Imminent Threat of the Next Pandemic - Disease X
Despite a decline in COVID-19 cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) raises global concerns by warning of an "inevitable" next pandemic known as "Disease X".
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Electricity Cascade in Brain Responsible for Near-Death Experiences Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests