Consciousness and Complexity

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Science  04 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5395, pp. 1846-1851
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5395.1846

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Conventional approaches to understanding consciousness are generally concerned with the contribution of specific brain areas or groups of neurons. By contrast, it is considered here what kinds of neural processes can account for key properties of conscious experience. Applying measures of neural integration and complexity, together with an analysis of extensive neurological data, leads to a testable proposal—the dynamic core hypothesis—about the properties of the neural substrate of consciousness.

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