Monday, September 15, 2008

New NDE Study

ScienceDaily (Sep. 10, 2008) - The University of Southampton is launching the world's largest-ever study of near-death experiences this week.

The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study is to be launched by the Human Consciousness Project of the University of Southampton - an international collaboration of scientists and physicians who have joined forces to study the human brain, consciousness and clinical death.

The study is led by Dr Sam Parnia, an expert in the field of consciousness during clinical death, together with Dr Peter Fenwick and Professors Stephen Holgate and Robert Peveler of the University of Southampton. Following a successful 18-month pilot phase at selected hospitals in the UK, the study is now being expanded to include other centres within the UK, mainland Europe and North America.

"Contrary to popular perception," Dr Parnia explains, "death is not a specific moment. It is a process that begins when the heart stops beating, the lungs stop working and the brain ceases functioning - a medical condition termed cardiac arrest, which from a biological viewpoint is synonymous with clinical death. "During a cardiac arrest, all three criteria of death are present. There then follows a period of time, which may last from a few seconds to an hour or more, in which emergency medical efforts may succeed in restarting the heart and reversing the dying process. What people experience during this period of cardiac arrest provides a unique window of understanding into what we are all likely to experience during the dying process."

A number of recent scientific studies carried out by independent researchers have demonstrated that 10-20 per cent of people who go through cardiac arrest and clinical death report lucid, well structured thought processes, reasoning, memories and sometimes detailed recall of events during their encounter with death. During the AWARE study, doctors will use sophisticated technology to study the brain and consciousness during cardiac arrest. At the same time, they will test the validity of out of body experiences and claims of being able to 'see' and 'hear' during cardiac arrest.

The AWARE study will be complemented by the BRAIN-1 (Brain Resuscitation Advancement International Network - 1) study, in which the research team will conduct a variety of physiological tests in cardiac arrest patients, as well as cerebral monitoring techniques that aim to identify methods to improve the medical and psychological care of patients who have undergone cardiac arrest.

Dr Parnia will formally announce the launch of the AWARE study at an international symposium to be held at the United Nations on September 11.

Adapted from materials provided by University of Southampton.

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8 Comments:

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Sirius said...

Very interesting! Thanks for posting this.

However, I think even if they do find positive results there will be die-hard skeptics who simply claim it was biased (like many other studies).

 
At 9:56 AM, Blogger PMH said...

So true. Some people will not accept the truth even when it is staring them in the face. Blessings, PMH

 
At 4:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AT LAST! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!I
I AM THRILLED TO BURSTING POINT...... OH GOODY!
WHEN I WAS A TINY CHILD I HAVE BEEN RESEARCHING THIS TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, AND OF COURSE THE EXPERIENCES ARE PERSONAL, AND NO ONE ELSE CAN TRULY BELIEVE BY JUST AGREEING, UNLESS DEEP DOWN THEY TOO BELIEVE IT....I JUST HAVE NO DOUBTS WHATSOEVER, AND WAS SO THRILLED THAT DR ELIZ. KUBLER ROSS HAD JOINED THE BELIEVERS B/F SHE PASSED....SO EXCITING! ALL BLESSINGS IN HAVING A FEW THOUSAND MORE BELIEVING.... IRENE JACKA......
bessy7@optus net com au............all good wishes..

 
At 8:02 AM, Blogger PMH said...

Thank you, Irene. The field of near-death studies is now more exciting than before. Please read “The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences” for more of the latest. Blessings, PMH

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger fast said...

I believe the fundamental basic of the 12 step program. And quantum physics,And the study of NDE.Is the next step in man kinds evaluation.No doubt mind and matter is connected now what are we going to do with it. I am a 12 stepper and a quantum activist

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger PMH said...

You may have something there. Blessings, PMH

 
At 11:27 AM, Blogger fast said...

Hi PMH I am the 12 steeping quantum activist and nde buff.I like your books and the research you do,you have such a nack for honesty, I like that.People get mad at me a lot for carrying my message in a very honest way. It does present a problem,please keep up the very honest work. Love Fast Salem VA.

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger PMH said...

I stand on the research I do, for it was and still is thorough, cross-checked, and with peer review. Thank you for your support. PMH

 

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