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Chemist Explains Exactly What You Feel When You Die

Update Date: Oct 30, 2015 09:39 AM EDT
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Halloween is just round the corner and the horror flicks are becoming ever so popular. However, have you ever wondered what does it feel like when you are about to die? In a recent video by scientists, they reveal the exact changes in the brain's chemistry that happens before you are killed by an axe-murderer. The video was released by the American Chemical Society and it explains that the experience of watching people being chased by a killer in a horror flick is somewhat similar to actually being there yourself. Although it is obviously less intense. The first thing you feel is fear then you feel intense fear which our body's evolutionary response to get us into action, reports Daily Mail.

Scientists have explored many things about what happens to the mind and the body as it is in the realm of death. Even though there is no exact answer yet, the experience may be comprehended through various chemical reactions that happen in the brain at that time. Fear, the scientists say, is a way to prepare your body to react. It alerts the mind to either run away or spring into some kind of action. But mostly, it is the chemical reaction that makes the body feel safe, as per Independent.

The fear lets the body send a message into a section of brain called the Thalamus that tells the body to either fight or get into flight mode. The scientists say, "When the signal reaches the periaqueductal grey, it switches [the brain] to a state of alertness." They also explain that when you are dead, something very interesting happens. You stop breathing and your heart stops beating, it is called being clinically dead. However, your brain is still alive and is in a hyper perceptual-neural state of activity. The biological death happens when the brains stops to function too, says Express.

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