What do we feel just before we die? This is a question that is challenging the minds of many of us and to which we still do not find the answer. Certainly the comments of people who have experienced imminent death, give us a little glimpse of what we can feel, but without scientific evidence to support it. To solve this mystery, a team of American scientists tried to explain this phenomenon by comparing it to the feelings experienced when watching a horror film.
Many scientific researches have been interested in knowing what is going on in the body and in the mind when death approaches, but until today, this subject remains a great mystery for many of us.
A group of American researchers from the American Chemical Society wanted to explore this shadowy area of our brain and concluded that the feelings felt just before dying are similar to those experienced when watching a horror film. In particular, they have given the example of a scene in which a victim is pursued by a murderer and have asserted that spectators can identify with the victim and thus feel the same.
According to the researchers, fear is activated in the same way and adrenaline rises. In other words, the feelings and the reactions of the spectators will not be different from the phases by which the victims pass in a film of horror.
But what happens in our bodies when we are afraid?
According to scientists, fear is a cognitive and sensory response that warns us that we are in danger and prepares us to react; Run, run away ...
When a person feels that it is in danger, this sensory information is sent to the thalamus, a part of the brain that acts as a distribution board. Thus, information will be transmitted to another area of the brain, specifically to the amygdala or amygdala complex that controls behavior in case of fear. Then it will be redirected to the gray periaqueductal substance, which is involved in the pain as well as the defense behaviors, and will cause a surprise effect in the person and then to the hypothalamus that will trigger the response of "combat or Leakage ".
This process will stimulate adrenaline secretion as well as glucose production to increase the energy rate. If this does not help us gain strength to face the situation, we start shouting!
How are cries perceived by our brain?
Above all, we must know that cries are not treated in the same area of the brain charged with speech. When you hear someone shouting, the sound goes directly to the amygdala. According to the researchers, cries are an almost instinctive response and elicit the same reaction among the people who hear them.
But again, when the cries do not bear fruit and the killer gets to catch his victim and afflict him with torture, she will feel a pain.
What is the mechanism of pain?
According to scientists at the American Chemical Society, in case of injury, special neurons known as nociceptors send signals to the brain, via the spinal cord. These will reach the thalamus, which recognizes the pain, and that will order the brain to do its best so that what has just affected the body does not repeat itself. Following the injury, the victim may enter a clinical death.
Clinical death, a brain that still works:
The body of the victim succumbs to the wound; His heart and his breathing stop but his brain still walks, since he has not suffered serious damage.
According to scientists, research has shown that the brain enters a state of neutral activity that can normally be associated with a state of consciousness. Entering this phase may explain the experiences of imminent deaths.
Studies have supported this hypothesis, but scientists are unaware until now why the brain enters this state or what it means.
Biological death, the final phase:
When the brain of the victim stops working, it is called biological death, which is considered the final phase by scientists. From there you can not know what happens next, because the people who die do not come back obviously!