Insight Into the ‘Seat of Human Consciousness’

Summary: Researchers believe they may have pinpointed an area of the brain that plays a role in maintaining human consciousness. Source: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Study reveals a network within the brain that plays a role maintaining consciousness. Philosophers have long struggled to define human consciousness. Now, a team of researchers led by neurologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has pinpointed the regions of the brain that may play a role maintaining it. Their findings, which have already garnered multiple awards from the American Academy of Neurology, were published today in that society’s journal, Neurology. “For the first time, we have found a connection between the brainstem region involved in arousal and regions involved in awareness, two prerequisites for consciousness,” said Michael D. Fox, MD, PhD, Director…

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