Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness – the awareness of one’s existence. Despite advances in neuroscience, we still don’t really know where it comes from, and how it arises.
Using fMRI brain scans, researchers from Harvard medical School think they might have finally figured out its physical origins, after pinpointing a network of three specific regions in the brain that appear to be crucial to consciousness.
This research will hopefully lead to new treatment options for patients in comas and vegetative states. Moreover it opens a new door for our understanding of what it means to be human and its philosophical and psychological implications.MORE