“…Martin Monti, an assistant professor of psychology and neurosurgery at UCLA… and his colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study how the flow of information in the brains of 12 healthy volunteers changed as they lost consciousness under anesthesia with propofol. The participants ranged in age from 18 to 31 and were evenly divided between men and women…The finding shows that consciousness does not “live” in a particular place in our brain but rather “arises from the mode in which billions of neurons communicate with one another,” he said…“As profoundly defining of our mind as consciousness is, without having a scientific definition of this phenomenon, it is extremely difficult to study,” Monti noted. This study, he said, marks an initial step toward conducting neuroscience research on consciousness…The research was conducted at Belgium’s University Hospital of Liege…”
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Fascinating article which points out initial steps towards a scientific understanding of consciousness. With the help of modern technology we may be able to discover how our brain functions in a near future. We hope that the study of the mind through hypnosis as well as the study of hypnosis itself as an altered state of consciousness may provide information towards our understanding of the mind and of consciousness.