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Near-death experience as a probe to explore (disconnected) consciousness
Martial, Charlotte; Cassol, Helena; Laureys, Steven et al.
2020In Trends in Cognitive Sciences
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Abstract :
[en] Forty-five years ago, the first evidence of near-death experience (NDE) during comatose state was provided, setting the stage for a new paradigm for studying the neural basis of consciousness in unresponsive states. At present, the state of consciousness associated with NDEs remains an open question. In the common view, consciousness is said to disappear in a coma with the brain shutting down, but it is oversimplified. This article argues that the novel framework distinguishing awareness, wakefulness and connectedness is relevant to comprehend the phenomenon. Classical NDEs correspond to internal awareness experienced in unresponsive conditions, thereby corresponding to an episode of disconnected consciousness. Our proposal suggests new directions for NDE research, and more broadly, consciousness science.
Research center :
GIGA-Consciousness-Coma Science Group; CHU de Liège - Centre du Cerveau²
Disciplines :
Neurosciences & behavior
Author, co-author :
Martial, Charlotte  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Consciousness-Coma Science Group
Cassol, Helena ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Consciousness-Coma Science Group
Laureys, Steven  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Consciousness-Coma Science Group
Gosseries, Olivia  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Consciousness-Coma Science Group
Language :
English
Title :
Near-death experience as a probe to explore (disconnected) consciousness
Publication date :
February 2020
Journal title :
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
ISSN :
1364-6613
eISSN :
1879-307X
Publisher :
Elsevier, Netherlands
Peer reviewed :
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