Scientists discover your mind still works when you die

Leslie Hanson
October 19, 2017

'Once that happens, blood no longer circulates to the brain, which means brain function halts nearly instantaneously.' In an earlier study, Dr Parnia's team at the University of Southampton, studied 2,060 patients who had been through cardiac arrest, and then come back.

Or it could be that after oxygen flow to the brain stops, calcium floods brain cells, and that could explain the electrical activity the researchers saw.

Just like the re-make of the 90s cult horror Flatliners, starring Ellen Page, scientists have discovered that a person's consciousness continues to work after they have died.

The team looked at near-death-experiences (NDEs) of 2060 patients included in the study.

According to new research, people can be aware that they are dead after their heart has stopped beating.

"They'll describe watching doctors and nurses working and they'll describe having awareness of full conversations, of visual things that were going on, that would otherwise not be known to them".

These accounts were then verified by the medical and nursing staff who were present at the time.


"At the same time, we also study the human mind and consciousness in the context of death, to understand whether consciousness becomes annihilated or whether it continues after you've died for some period of time - and how that relates to what's happening inside the brain in real time", Dr Parnia added. This means all the reflexes of the base of the brain including "gag reflex" or "pupil reflex in the eyes" are all lost nearly instantaneously. In the majority of fatal cases, doctors medically define death as when the heart is no longer beating, Live Science reports.

Moreover, "you lose all your brain stem reflexes - your gag reflex, your pupil reflex, all that is gone", Dr. Parnia continues. This means that within 2 to 20 seconds, no brainwaves will be detected on an electric monitor.

This starts the slow death of the brain cells. However, this can take hours after the heart has stopped.

And performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that hasn't successfully revived a patient can still result in sending some blood to the brain - about 15 percent of what it requires to function normally.

He said people in the first phase of death may still experience some form of consciousness. Researchers of the study observed brain activity suggesting a "hyper-alerted state" shortly after the rats were pronounced dead. Studies at the University of MI have shown that there is a sudden burst of brain activity when the body dies.

Which could go some way to explain why people have reported having near-death experiences, where they could recount conversations between doctors that happened after they were supposed to have died.

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