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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 1990 Nov-Dec;40(6):1097-104.

[Levels of consciousness and levels of activation].

[Article in Russian]

Abstract

In the paper Pavlov's idea is used about "the bright spot of consciousness" as a zone of increased excitability which moves over the cerebral cortex. Zone of increased activation is revealed migrating from the frontal parts of the left hemisphere to the occipital parts of the right hemisphere. By means of various methods (record of amplitude and latency of the visual evoked responses, frequency and amplitude of the dominant rhythm, spectral-coherent analysis of the electroencephalogram) the activation of focus in the cerebral cortex was singled out, which moved, depending on the novelty, complication and degree of automatization of the task, from the frontal parts of the left hemisphere to the occipital parts of the right hemisphere. A parallel is drawn between Pavlov's hypothesis on the focus of consciousness as foci of increased brain activity, and revealed foci of activation. The conclusion is made about fluctuations of consciousness level as a factor which is in the basis of activation focus migration.

PMID:
1965251
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