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‘Detecting consciousness’: Living with a missing cerebellum and other mysteries of the brain

Can electrical impulses in the brain explain the stuff that dreams are made of? ...
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Are we any closer to understanding what consciousness is?

Thinkers have spent an immense amount of time and ink trying to unravel mysteries, such as how consciousness works and ...
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What is the slippery notion of ‘consciousness’?

As humans, we know we [are conscious] but haven't a clue how it arises. It's a facet of intelligent life ...
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Does our perception of the world reflect reality? Solving the problem of consciousness

When I see red, it’s the most religious experience. Seeing red just results from photons of a certain frequency hitting ...
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Sniff test: How our sense of smell appears to signal whether an unresponsive patient might recover consciousness

Even with more recent technologies, such as brain imaging, the rate of misdiagnosis in DOC [disorders of consciousness] patients could ...
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Explaining consciousness: These 2 brain networks show how we turn experiences into memories

One of the most recent studies showed a clear relationship between two brain networks critical to consciousness. In a paper ...
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Consciousness is subjective. Does that mean it can’t be rigorously studied?

The science of consciousness has enjoyed a renaissance in the last couple of decades and the study of our own ...
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Finding where ‘consciousness resides in the human brain’ could help us awaken comatose patients

Some people may gradually come out of a coma or wake up after a few weeks.... To help these people, ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Hunches’ can’t be used to decide the fate of ‘covertly conscious’ patients in vegetative states

[A]s many as 15% to 20% of patients who have been rigorously diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state ...
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Some patients in vegetative states have functioning minds. Keeping them alive may amount to ‘torture’

[Researchers] have convincingly demonstrated that a subset of individuals in persistent vegetative states have meaningfully functioning minds — even as ...
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Deconstructing the idea that consciousness is a ‘spooky’ illusion

These days it is highly fashionable to label consciousness an ‘illusion’. This in turn fosters the impression, especially among the ...
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‘Scientific fight of the century’: Two theories of consciousness are going head-to-head

Here’s something you don’t hear every day: two theories of consciousness are about to face off in the scientific fight ...
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Astonishing efficiency, unlimited storage: What makes the human brain so powerful?

[A] team from Washington University in St. Louis combined neural recordings from rats with computer modeling to uncover one of the ...
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Searching for a mathematical model of consciousness

What is consciousness? In a sense, this is one of the greatest mysteries in the universe. ... Science has produced ...
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Will we ever know if our computers gain consciousness?

The question of whether machines can have consciousness is not new, with proponents of strong artificial intelligence (strong AI) and ...
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‘Tremendous ethical challenge’: What if lab-grown brains are capable of developing consciousness?

At what point does electro-chemical activity in dissected brain-like tissue become conscious? Yes, I’m talking about the classic sci-fi “brain ...
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Tiny electric signals in the brains of comatose patients may help predict who will wake up

Researchers may have found a way to detect inklings of consciousness in comatose and vegetative patients just days after they ...
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No, plants don’t have ‘conscious awareness’, scientists argue

The remarkable ability of plants to respond to their environment has led some scientists to believe it’s a sign of ...