Researchers Discover Seat of Consciousness


try geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>According to Taubenkibel Steven, the communication manager, George Washington University Hospital a team of researchers from France and American at the George Washington University, USA, have discovered the on/off “button” of human consciousness.

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The area only identified by the scientist as claustrum though it has never been stimulated electrically.

The was further explained in their scientists research, published in their journal of Epilepsy and Behavior, were they were able to trace and locate the strategic point of consciousness by stimulating certain areas of the brain of an epileptic patient.

The researchers stressed that, every time they stimulated the claustrum, the patient lost consciousness followed by a slow and gradual detachment from the outside world to become unresponsive to any external stimuli, and fell asleep.

However, when the stimulation through electrodes stopped, the quickly regains her consciousness without realized her previous experience of lost of memory.

The researchers believe the findings will be very important in exploring the importance of the claustrum, a thin layer of gray matter of remarkable anatomy, is a part of the brain closely related to almost all the regions of the cortex, but whose function is still enigmatic and well placed to be the seat of consciousness.

“The brain is like a car that requires wheels for it to roll, but the ignition key must be turn first of all since they could have found the key,” Mohamad Koubeissi, author of the study said. The hypothesis seems to confirm yet another study conducted in 2005 that evoked evoked the claustrum as the overall conductor of the brain.

Christoph Koch, one of the researchers goes on to stress that, If the team gets to know know how and where consciousness is created, then they can determine who is endowed with consciousness and who is not.”

The researchers are highly enthusiastic about this new discovery though the findings are yet yet to be confirmed on other people but there is no doubt on its importance in understanding and studying the human brain.


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