The first ever recording of the moment a human being died could reveal what our last thoughts could potentially be.
Scientists have recorded the brain waves of an 87-year-old man suffering from epilepsy 15 minutes after he died from a heart attack, providing insight into what happens in the moments before death.
The researchers found an increase in brain waves known as “gamma oscillations,” which supports the idea that a person’s life “flashes before their eyes” in the final moments.
The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Ageing Neuroscience, also found similar changes in brainwaves in rats at the time of death, but this is the first time it has been detected in humans.
The team cautions that further research is needed to provide more conclusive claims, and it’s important to note that the data focuses on a single case study and the patient’s brain had already been damaged from epilepsy.
“Something we may learn from this research is: although our loved ones have their eyes closed and are ready to leave us to rest, their brains may be replaying some of the nicest moments they experienced in their lives,” Dr. Zemmar added.