Neuroscientists Discover Large ‘Gamma Oscillations’ In Dying Man’s Brain
Since the beginning of humankind, we have asked ourselves the ever-lasting question — what actually happens to us when we die?
Although this answer remains ultimately indeterminable, a recent “one of a kind” event has allowed scientists to look at the brain’s gamma oscillation activity during death. This may help us partially understand the process of dying, and allow us to reconsider the question — does our life actually flash before our eyes when we die?
Dr Raul Vicente of the University of Tartu, Estonia and colleagues were initially studying the brain activity of an 87-year old man — who had recently developed epilepsy, by use of electroencephalography (EEG) to detect the seizures.
An EEG is a test that detects the electrical activity in your brain using small metal discs (electrodes) attached to your scalp. The electrodes detect tiny electrical charges that result from the activity of your brain cells, and can therefore discover abnormalities in your brain waves.
However, during this study, the patient had a heart attack and passed away whilst still under the EEG scan. Although completely unplanned, this provided the researchers with a very rare opportunity to record the brain activity of a dying person — for the first time in human history…
Written by: Harriet Flinn (Journalist & Contributor @ CONTX Media).