Consciousness without a cortex, but what kind of consciousness is this? [Open Peer Commentary]
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SourceBehavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 1, (2007), pp. 87-88
Article / Letter to editor
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SW OZ DCC BI
SW OZ NICI BI
Behavioral and Brain Sciences
SubjectBiological psychology; DI-BCB_DCC_Theme 3: Plasticity and Memory; Biologische psychologie
Merker suggests that the thalamocortical system is not an essential system for consciousness, but, instead, that the midbrain reticular system is responsible for consciousness. Indeed, the latter is a crucial system for consciousness, when consciousness is regarded as the waking state. However, when consciousness is regarded as phenomenal consciousness, for which experience and perception are essential elements, the thalamocortical system seems to be indispensable.
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