Lecture 3 April 9, 2013 _Consciousness_ 3-per-page

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5 13 Information Integration Theory z To be conscious you need to be a single, integrated entity with a large repertoire of highly differentiated states. z The cortex and the thalamus are essential for consciousness z Φ = size of the conscious repertoire associated with any network of causally interacting parts; synergy of the system. 14 Why Does General Anesthesia Disrupt Consciousness? z Many cortical cells continue to respond selectively during anesthesia. z What appears to be disrupted is large-scale functional integration in the corticothalamic complex. 15 When Does Human Consciousness Begin? z Womb? z Birth? z Infancy?
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