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An Information Integration Theory of Consciousness

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Abstract Background Consciousness poses two main problems. The first is understanding the conditions that determine to what extent a system has conscious experience. For instance, why is our consciousness generated by certain parts of our brain, such as the thalamocortical system, and not by other parts, such as the cerebellum? And why are we conscious [...]


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  1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USAGiulio Tononi


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Tononi, G. An information integration theory of consciousness. BMC Neurosci 5, 42 (2004).

  • Received: 10 August 2004
  • Accepted: 02 November 2004
  • Published: 02 November 2004
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  • Firing Pattern
  • Information Integration
  • Conscious Experience
  • Conscious State
  • Binocular Rivalry

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