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Neural Communication Breaks Down As Consciousness Fades and Sleep Sets In

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Science  30 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5744, pp. 2148-2149
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5744.2148a

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In a report on page 2228 of this issue of Science, a research group concludes that as sleep sets in, communication between different parts of the cerebral cortex breaks down. Such communication is a likely prerequisite for consciousness, the team argues.