Researchers have studied the brain processes involved in near death experiences. Dr. Judith Katz and her team at the Hadassah University, Jerusalem released the study in late 2016. They refer to the phenomena as the “Life Review Experience” or LRE.
The LRE is a phenomena known in every culture. It has been constantly mentioned through history. Having your “life flash before your eyes” is an experience shared by all. Now this research understands how it happens.
Katz and her team interviewed 7 people who had had a near death experience. From the in-depth information they received, they formulated a questionnaire. 264 volunteers, who had not had a near death experience, completed the questionnaire. The Elsevier Journal “Consciousness and Cognition” published the results in their February edition.
The questionnaire revealed that people can experience an LRE during a distressing experience. An LRE isn’t necessarily limited to being near death. An LRE is more likely when the breath and arteries contain greater concentrations of carbon dioxide.
Researchers observed that the parts of the brain where we store our memories shut down last. This includes the parietal, medial temporal and prefrontal cortex. During serious injuries and stress, these sections of the brain do not experience oxygen or blood loss.
An LRE isn’t always pleasant. Those who describe having one felt it to be a wild rollercoaster of intense emotions. Time ceases to exist.
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