Researchers Map Neural Connections Key to Wakefulness in the Human Brain

Friday, June 07, 2024
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An NIH-supported team of researchers has mapped the connectivity of a neural network they suggest is essential for wakefulness, or arousal, in the human brain. According to the researchers, this advance, reported in Science Translational Medicine, is essential for understanding human consciousness. It may also lead to new ways of understanding what happens in the brain when people lose consciousness, with potentially important implications for treating those who have entered a coma or vegetative state. This study used data from The Human Connectome Project.

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