昏迷意識

非常有趣的新發現。一個昏迷了而對外界沒有反應的女士,大腦掃描顯示她依然有理解語言的能力,而且似乎可以跟從指令運用想像,從而使到大腦不同的地區活躍起來。

Science 8 September 2006
Vol. 313. no. 5792, p. 1402
DOI: 10.1126/science.1130197

Detecting Awareness in the Vegetative State
Adrian M. Owen et. el

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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