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Self-consciousness in non-communicative patients
Laureys, Steven; Perrin, F.; Brédart, Serge
2007In Consciousness and Cognition, 16 (3), p. 722-741, discussion 742-5
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Keywords :
consciousness; self-consciousness; own name; own face; coma; vegetative state; minimally conscious state; locked-in syndrome; event-related potentials; functional neuroimaging
Abstract :
[en] The clinical and para-clinical examination of residual self-consciousness in non-communicative severely brain damaged patients (i.e., coma, vegetative state and minimally conscious state) remains exceptionally challenging. Passive presentation of the patient's own name and own face are known to be effective attention-grabbing stimuli when clinically assessing consciousness at the patient's bedside. Event-related potential and functional neuroimaging studies using such self-referential stimuli are currently being used to disentangle the cognitive hierarchy of self-processing. We here review neuropsychological, neuropathological, electrophysiological and neuroimaging studies using the own name and own face paradigm obtained in conscious waking, sleep, pharmacological coma, pathological coma and related disorders of consciousness. Based on these results we discuss what we currently do and do not know about the functional significance of the neural network involved in "automatic" and "conscious" self-referential processing. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Disciplines :
Theoretical & cognitive psychology
Author, co-author :
Laureys, Steven  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Centre de recherches du cyclotron
Perrin, F.
Brédart, Serge ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences cognitives > Psychologie cognitive
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Title :
Self-consciousness in non-communicative patients
Publication date :
September 2007
Journal title :
Consciousness and Cognition
Publisher :
Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science, San Diego, United States - California
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Pages :
722-741, discussion 742-5
Peer reviewed :
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