This is your brain on consciousness

Bor, Daniel
May 2013
New Scientist;5/18/2013, Vol. 218 Issue 2917, p32
The author discusses his research on the physiological aspects of consciousness in the human brain, arguing that neuroscience is a more effective field for understanding the human mind than philosophy. He notes that brain scanning research has linked damage to the thalamus and prefrontal cortex to reduced consciousness, vegetative states, and temporary loss of consciousness under anesthesia. Other topics include the search for unconscious brain activity in response to sensory stimuli, the synchrony of neuron firing from the thalamus, lateral prefrontal cortex, and posterior parietal cortex in consciousness, and the global neuronal workspace model of unconscious and conscious processing of sensory inputs. Also described is the information integration theory mathematical model.


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