Run toward the light… no, wait, come back!
1. New research
No one knows for sure what happens after death, but researchers have been working to solve the question of what humans experience when they’re dying.
What do the majority of people see when they’re about to die? What do they feel?
Charlotte Martial, PhD, neuropsychologist at the University of Liège and University Hospital of Liège, Belgium, and her team analyzed the written accounts of near-death experiences from 154 people, publishing the results in Frontiers of Neuroscience. It’s the first rigorous study of this phenomena, Dr. Martial told ScienceDaily.
As it turns out, there are four major events common to these close calls.
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2. Feeling peaceful
The sensation of peacefulness might not be something you’d expect of a near-death experience, but the study reported that a whopping 80 percent of participants shared this feeling.
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3. A bright light
We’ve all heard this one, though it turns out that bright light at the end of the tunnel isn’t the most common feature of a near-death experience.
Still, 69 percent of the study participants reported this visual. Why exactly this happens is still not fully known.
One theory proposes oxygen deprivation is the cause; others suggest that the bright light is the result of some kind of brain activity that is triggered while dying.
But that’s still a theory that would probably take a miracle to confirm. Speaking of miracles, take a look at these ‘miracles’ that have stunned doctors.