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Can philosophy discover consciousness in the brain? Commentary on Revonsuo ‘Can functional brain imaging discover consciousness in the brain?'

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Abstract:

Revonsuo makes a provocative and interesting claim: that currently available neurophysiological recording techniques will be unable to discover the neural basis of consciousness in the brain. Although the title refers exclusively to functional brain imaging, Revonsuo considers MEG, EEG, ERP and measurements of firing rate in single cell electrophysiology all in principle incapable of discovering consciousness in the brain. This conclusion is reached by assuming that only one particular type of physical entity constitutes awareness.

Keywords: Functional MRI; PET; fMRI; human; neural correlates; neuroimaging

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AR .

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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