Detecting Awareness in the Vegetative State

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Science  08 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5792, pp. 1402
DOI: 10.1126/science.1130197

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We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to demonstrate preserved conscious awareness in a patient fulfilling the criteria for a diagnosis of vegetative state. When asked to imagine playing tennis or moving around her home, the patient activated predicted cortical areas in a manner indistinguishable from that of healthy volunteers.

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