What is consciousness? Is it unique to humankind? What about animal consciousness? There is little that is more tantalising than the question of how and why consciousness came to exist in science. Continue reading Markers of Consciousness
“Flatliners” is a recent movie about medical students experimenting with near-death experiences and the consequences of “playing god”. But what does science tell us about what goes on in our brains after we die? Continue reading Flatliners: What is going on in your brain after you die?
Do you have a default state? That is, in your mind (or is it your brain?)? How network dynamics help to answer the question of the many defaults. Continue reading A tale of the default state of the brain
Why this question is essentially equivalent to the mind-body problem and what we can learn about it from philosophy, machine learning and even mathematics. Continue reading Can we ever understand the brain?
Although presence is an everyday phenomenon of being in the here and now, alive in a real world, the same concept is applied to the feeling of being inside VR. Here we will concentrate only on the experience of presence inside VR. Continue reading Presence in Virtual Reality: Why does it feel so real?
Are hallucination an infallible sign of psychosis? Not quite. Let’s have a look at this fascinating phenomenon which is more common than thought. Continue reading The Hallucinating Brain
My body belongs to my self! How ownership illusions can deepen our understanding of self-consciousness. Continue reading Some Body I Call My Self
Some units in the brain are highly specialized. Communication between them is the key for integrating information into our conscious perception. But what happens if such integration fails, and how can the consequences be misinterpreted. Continue reading Two Ghosts in the Machine
In December, researchers were able to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in mice using a flashing light. What’s more, this might tell us something about what consciousness entails in the human brain, and what gamma waves may have to do with it. Continue reading I See the Light! Waving Hello to Consciousness
“I totally followed through with my New Year’s resolutions!” – said no one ever “This year I’m gonna do it! I will stop procrastinating and start exercising. I will eat healthier and do my paperwork on time.” We all have put demands on our future selves at one point or another in our lives, often around December 31st and many a time fallen back into … Continue reading On the Neuropsychology of the Unconscious