Brain activity continues 10 minutes after death: study

Published: March 10, 2017
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A shocking new study has found that brain activity in the brain may continue for more than 10 minutes after the person appears to have died.

Canadian doctors in intensive care unit observed that activity in a person’s brain seemed to continue even after their heart stopped. The brain waves they experienced were similar to those we normally get during deep sleep.

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The case was described by doctors as ‘extraordinary’ and ‘unexplained’.

Four people were observedĀ for this study, of which only one exhibited mysterious brain activity. Activity in most patients died off as soon as their heart stopped beating.

However, there was significant difference in electrical activity in the brain in all four subjects after they were clinically dead, creating further mystery as to what happens in our brains when we die.

While researchers say it’s difficult to draw any conclusions from such a small sample, they clarify that it is difficult to think activity was recorded because of a mistake as their equipment was functioning perfectly.

The study which was published in the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences now raises ethical problems as to when it is appropriate to remove donor organs in patients who appear to have died.

This story first appeared in The Independent.

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  • kemosabe
    Mar 10, 2017 - 1:24PM

    The brain being an electrochemical device is bound to have some flurry currents even after the switch is turned off. Alternatively, the pineal gland at the center of our brain, where some consider the soul to be housed, could be experiencing last minute housekeeping done by the soul before it moves on. Interestingly during the French Revolution when the guillotine was being used overtime, a certain physician wanted to see if a person was cognizant after being beheaded. So after one such decapitation he loudly called out the person’s name who, to his surprise, opened his eyes, moved them about and sort of grimaced for 20 seconds or so before lights out permanently.Recommend

  • AdnanMaqsood
    Mar 10, 2017 - 2:42PM

    @kemosabe:
    You took this study too seriously probably. But I am glad to hear your comment. Infact your comment is more interesting to read than this researchRecommend

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