BBC future | The magic of cinema unlocked one man’s coma-bound world

Recommended Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness 24.09.2015

by Tom Stafford, BBC News

If brain injury steals your consciousness then you are in a coma: we all know that. What is less well known is that there exist neighbouring states to the coma, in which victims keep their eyes open, but show no signs of consciousness. The vegetative state, or ‘unresponsive wakefulness syndrome’, is one in which the patient may appear to be awake, and even goes to sleep at times, but otherwise shows no reaction to the world…

Read the rest of this story, which features research by CIFAR Senior Fellow Adrian Owen, at bbc.com.

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