The study of clinical death surprised everyone

10.04.2013

 

The stories of survivors of clinical death, frighten and fascinate at the same time. The tunnel, bright light, meeting deceased relatives. But can we trust this evidence? Suddenly, the near-death experience — just a hallucination dying brain? Belgian scientists have found a way to check whether the memories are real patients who have returned from a coma.


"I was flying somewhere on a giant pipe. Sensations flight were friends — this happened before in a dream. Mentally tried to slow the flight, to change its direction. Worked! Terror and fear not. Only bliss. Tried to analyze what is happening. Conclusions came instantly. Peace , which got there. I think, therefore, also exist? " — Says Vladimir Efremov, who survived clinical death.

The interest in near death experience is inexhaustible. We would like an answer to the eternal question — is there something "out there" after his death. It seems that the people who were on the verge of death, are the closest to a solution. The tunnel, bright light, the unusual lightness throughout the body — the most common images that describe the survivors of clinical death. Often there are also stories about encounters with dead relatives and friends.

These stories are fascinating and scary at the same time — they seem to prove that the afterlife does exist. Most people would love to believe it: we do not disappear after death, there will be something else. But can we trust this evidence? Let us check to come up with a story-tellers, is not so difficult: there are lie detectors and computed tomography of the brain, which would help to detect lies. But how to check whether they are in fact experiencing an out of body experience, or whether it was just a hallucination?

A common hypothesis to explain the near-death experience, which is shared by many doctors — fogged mind dying, and the field of view narrows. Tunnel vision — it's just a narrowed range of vision, and the white light at the end of it — a lamp on the surgical table or in the intensive care unit. According to another hypothesis, the visions of bright light and the dead may be hallucinating, due to organic brain damage and even a psychological defense almost killed a man.

The experiments are, of course, irrelevant: resuscitation team has a lot to do, but to connect to the brain dying sensors for scanning. However, researchers from the University of Liege in Belgium have come up with a method that would help determine how real the experience of patients who have experienced clinical death, after the dramatic events. The fact that the brain is capable of storing people's memories as the events experienced in reality, as well as about their own fantasies, stories of books and other inventions. But those memories are stored in different locations, and their activation involves two different mechanisms of the brain. It turns out, is enough to remove the tomogram — and recognize the illusory nature of reality or near-death memories is not difficult.

Scientists have been working with survivors whom. They were asked about their actual experiences of everyday life, and then the experience of dying, and the work of their brains were fixed by activating those and other memories. To monitor the brain activity of patients was compared with the work of the bark of ordinary people, never falls into a coma.

The experiments showed that the same? Their results were surprising, but to give a clear answer: is there life after death, alas, still can not. Memories of clinical death were more real than reality itself … in the literal sense. The brain remembers them differently than mere fantasy, and any other memory of the imaginary. But the memory of the near-death experience in real life, too, is different: he remembered more clearly than the picture of the patient's everyday life — in more detail and bright.

The brain is dying should work properly because at this point the whole system goes haywire. However, the nature of memories of patients in the experiment Belgian scientists say that at this point the brain works even sharper than normal. Memories of the "out of body" are much better documented than the simple daily activities.

Pragmatic scientists do offer medical model to explain this phenomenon. In an article published in the online edition of PLoS ONE, the authors remind us that for a sense of "leaving the body" responsible temporo-parietal lobe of the brain — this fact has already been installed.

Experts suggest that the illusion of leaving the body is perceived as a real neuron dysfunction due to the zone. Perhaps during the dying brain "generates" a fascinating story to us, but we are going through it as absolutely real experience. However, this explanation is now — a hypothesis. Although the experiment of employees of the Institute of Liege is certainly very interesting, nor absence, nor the reality of the other world, he does not prove anything.

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