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[In Context] Communication at the borders of consciousness

20:06 EDT 11 Aug 2017 | The Lancet

Consciousness and concepts of the mind have long been central to medical, scientific, and philosophical debate. Yet it is only with recent advances in technology that we have been able even to capture functional processes in the brain, let alone make the leap from observing certain neural activity patterns to trying to define consciousness. A significant contributor to field is the lab led by Adrian Owen, who in his decades-long research into brain injury has pioneered breakthrough techniques in imaging and communicating with patients in persistent vegetative states.

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