This is what you see in the moments before death
An astonishing report has detailed survivors accounts of near-death experiences and found memories do flash through your eyes in the moments before a potentially fatal crisis.
Survivors who participated in the study detailed how they saw multiple events from their lifetime – not in chronological order and some even at the same time – when they faced death.
A team from the Hadassah University in Jerusalem analysed seven accounts of near-death experiences and believe the phenomenon may be caused by parts of the brain that stores memories of ourselves which, the team says, are one of the last parts of the brain affected by a lack of oxygen and blood loss.
The report, published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, said that the memories are often emotionally charged.
Your brain scans your memories
One of the study participants said: "There is not a linear progression, there is lack of time limits…
"It was like being there for centuries. I was not in time/space so this question also feels impossible to answer.
"A moment, and a thousand years… both and neither.
"I could individually go into each person and I could feel the pain that they had in their life"
"It all happened at once, or some experiences within my near-death experience were going on at the same time as others, though my human mind separates them into different events.”
Another added: "I could individually go into each person and I could feel the pain that they had in their life… I was allowed to see that part of them and feel for myself what they felt.”
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The report stated: "Re-experiencing one’s own life-events, so-called LRE (life-review experience), is a phenomenon with well-defined characteristics, and its subcomponents may be also evident in healthy people.
"This suggests that a representation of life-events as a continuum exists in the cognitive system, and maybe further expressed in extreme conditions of psychological and physiological stress."