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Science. 2006 Sep 8;313(5792):1402.

Detecting awareness in the vegetative state.

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  • 1Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge CB2 2EF, UK. adrian.owen@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk

Abstract

We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to demonstrate preserved conscious awareness in a patient fulfilling the criteria for a diagnosis of vegetative state. When asked to imagine playing tennis or moving around her home, the patient activated predicted cortical areas in a manner indistinguishable from that of healthy volunteers.

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