Is there a mind? Electrophysiology of unconscious patients

Boris Kotchoubey, Simone Lang, Vladimir Bostanov, Niels Birbaumer

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Event related brain potentials (ERPs) provide information about cortical processing in severe neurological patients whose cognitive abilities cannot be expressed in their behavior. In coma, ERPs contribute to the prediction of the outcome. In a vegetative state, ERPs uncover the functional state of cortical processes. The significance of ERPs in the neurophysiological study of consciousness is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalNews in Physiological Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2002

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  • Physiology

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    Kotchoubey, B., Lang, S., Bostanov, V., & Birbaumer, N. (2002). Is there a mind? Electrophysiology of unconscious patients. News in Physiological Sciences, 17(1), 38-42.