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Methodology of Consciousness Research (Consciousness Series: Part 3)

Sometimes in research, a good way to study how a system normally functions is to study models in which something is wrong with the system. This is why in order to study consciousness, patients with disorders of consciousness are often studied in comparison to healthy volunteers using neuroimaging. Studying people with disorders of consciousness is especially important, as we will discuss in the next blog post, because of the monumental ways in which BCI can transform healthcare and overall lifestyle for people experiencing disorders of consciousness. Many people with disorders of consciousness, especially those in a vegetative state, were previously considered to be wholly unconscious. Howev

The Mystery of the Brain (Consciousness Series: Part 2)

Last blog post, we dove a bit into the complexity of consciousness and an introduction to various topics of consciousness research. This week we will delve a bit more into the technical side of consciousness research. How can one measure and assess consciousness, specifically in people with disorders of consciousness? How does neuroimaging play a role in the field of consciousness research? And, most importantly, how can we even begin to conceptualize consciousness from a neurological standpoint? Neural Bases of Consciousness: Let’s begin our discussion by defining consciousness from a neurological standpoint. Last blog post, we defined consciousness via several philosophical standpoints, wh

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