“It was actually indistinguishable from a healthy participant watching the movie,” says Adrian Owen, a neuroscientist at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada (see: 'Neuroscience: The mind reader').The study “provides the best evidence to date that f MRI can be used to identify consciousness in vegetative patients,” says Russell Poldrack, a cognitive neuroscientist at Stanford University in California who was not involved in the research.We think he is understanding it and following it.” “I would think of activity in these systems more as a marker of a particular aspect of conscious experience,” rather than of consciousness, says Poldrack, who has in the past warned against over-interpretation of f MRI data.“The results look very solid to me, about as solid as one could hope for a case study,” he says.“The fact that we can say he is enjoying these movies he can understand these movies says something about his quality of life,” Owen says.“There are a lot of Wednesdays in 16 years.” For the best commenting experience, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines.Naci and her colleagues thought that showing them movies would make the test simpler.
These findings do not mean that the study participants were all having identical thoughts while watching the film, says Naci, only that some aspects of experiences were similar.
Within an attenuated system of awareness, a mind might be aware of much more than is being contemplated in a focused extended consciousness.
Basic awareness of one's internal and external world depends on the brain stem.
“The first two times I watched the film, I was on the edge of my seat.
This is what we think is happening with the patient.