The Key to Consciousness: Efficient Information Flow?Submitted by Bob-45 on Sun, 10/27/2013 - 02:15
By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer | October 24, 2013 09:07am ET
The moment a person slips from conscious thought into unconsciousness has long been a mystery.
Now researchers have pinpointed exactly what goes on in the brain as people become unconscious after taking anesthesia. It turns out that there probably aren't individual neurons, or brain cells, responsible for consciousness.
"This data shows that consciousness might not be the result of a special group of neurons, but rather might be the result of how neurons communicate with one another," study co-author Martin Monti, a psychology professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, wrote in an email.