This is what a near-death experience really feels like, according to science
A new study reveals what kind of things you’re likely to see and feel when you have a brush with death—and in what order.
By Taylor Markarian
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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Either way, Dr. Martial and her team found that 35 percent of people reported leaving their own body; 36 percent said that returning to their body was the very last thing that happened in their near-death timeline.
Dr. Martial told ScienceDaily that, “This suggests that near-death experiences seem to be regularly triggered by a sense of detachment from the physical body and end when returning to one’s body.”
Besides the four common phenomena, there were a handful of other events the participants reported, such as coming to a border or point of no return (40 percent), a feeling of harmony (14 percent), visions of the future (4 percent), and—yes—seeing their life pass before their eyes (16 percent).
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