Tag Archives: consciousness

Consciousness hidden in the brain fissure

Consciousness, informally stated as the subjective feeling of being, comprises of two basic components—arousal (wakefulness) and awareness (awareness of environment and self). Although the posteromedial cortex (PMC), an area hidden in the posterior interhemispheric fissure, has been

Cellular stress and AMPK activators including metformin and the anesthetic drug propofol promote restoration of human consciousness

Cellular stress and AMPK activators including Metformin

The neural mechanisms that give rise to human consciousness have been described as one of the greatest and most profound mysteries in all of modern medicine. The use of general anesthetics to induce loss of consciousness (LOC)

A neurodynamic theory linking creativity and insanity

Humanity has long suspected a correlation between creativity and mental illness. Those doubting such a relationship assert that psychopathologies inhibit the creative process, while others raise the issue that neither insanity nor creativity have been adequately quantified

Unconscious Pig Latin: What it reveals about the conscious mind

Most things that one is aware of usually “just happen” to one.  We open our eyes and see, for free, an external world, replete with objects, sights, and sounds.  (This also occurs every night in the dream

Habituation of involuntary conscious processes

New research is beginning to reveal that, though action inclinations can be suppressed behaviorally, they often cannot be suppressed mentally (see Passive Frame Theory). Consider that, when presented with an enticing stimulus such as a cupcake, one

Assessing the outcome of multiple trauma patients based on their GCS and FOUR score coma scale

Evaluating the level of consciousness is one of the initial, important and basic assessments of patients and it can be challenging even for experienced physicians. Various scoring systems have been defined that can be helpful in predicting

Visual information signaling threat gains privileged access to consciousness

At any moment in time we are submerged in an overwhelming amount of visual information. If our brain had to consciously process all the information reaching our eyes, it would take us a lifetime just to read

Implicit learning of a speed-contingent target feature

When opening a door, the force with which it is pushed – or pulled – determines how fast it swings. Often it is supposed that the stimulus following such an action can be consciously foreseen. But let’s

Perceptual Inference

The common saying goes: seeing is believing. We are accustomed to think that everything in our visual scene is instantly perceived by the brain and recorded like a photograph on paper. In the 19th century a German