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Does life flash before our eyes during death? New research suggests so

“We measured 900 seconds of brain activity around the time of death and set a specific focus to investigate what happened in the 30 seconds before and after the heart stopped beating,” said Dr Ajmal Zemmar, a neurosurgeon at the University of Louisville, US, who was behind the study.

February 24, 2022 / 03:38 PM IST
The study was conducted as an 87-year-old patient developed epilepsy. (Representational image)

The study was conducted as an 87-year-old patient developed epilepsy. (Representational image)

Scientists have for the first time recorded the brain activity of a dying person just 15 minutes before he died and it revealed astounding results.

Researchers found "rhythmic brain wave patterns" near the time of death with similarities during dreaming and meditation. They recorded there was an increase in "gamma oscillations" which occurs during dreaming and memory retrieval.

The study was conducted as an 87-year-old patient developed epilepsy. The doctors were performing electroencephalography (EEG) to detect the seizures, however, the patient died due to a heart attack. It allowed scientists to record the activity of a dying human brain for the first time ever.

“We measured 900 seconds of brain activity around the time of death and set a specific focus to investigate what happened in the 30 seconds before and after the heart stopped beating,” said Dr Ajmal Zemmar, a neurosurgeon at the University of Louisville, US, who was behind the study.