International team probes the resting conscious brain using fMRI
What makes us "conscious"?
Can this state be distinguished from other altered states of consciousness, such as vegetative states and minimally conscious states?
Can this be done without needing active input from the clinical patient?
Dr. Andrea Soddu (photo inset), professor of Physics and Astronomy at Western, and his international team of colleages, has employed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), correlated with other clinical data, in an attempt to distinguish between these states of consciousness.