A starting point for consciousness research: Reply to Thomas Schmidt

Consciousness and Cognition 15 (1):28-30 (2006)
Anesthesia research has focused on showing learning in the absence of awareness for good practical reasons. Crucially, continued learning during otherwise clinically adequate anesthesia may affect patients’ well-being on recovery. Theoretically, preserved perceptual priming during anesthesia offers a useful starting point for consciousness research by determining the limits of memory function during minimal consciousness. The big question for consciousness research is not to demonstrate absolutely unconscious processing, but rather to map out the cognitive and neurobiological processes that enable conscious experience itself
Keywords *Anesthesia (Feeling)  *Awareness  *Consciousness States  *Implicit Learning  *Priming
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DOI 10.1016/j.concog.2006.02.004
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