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Trends Cogn Sci. 2018 Jan;22(1):5-7. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2017.10.005.

Single-Neuron Correlates of Awareness during Attentional Blinks.

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1
Control and Dynamical Systems Program, Department of Computing + Mathematical Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA.
2
Department of Neurosurgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Center for Neural Science and Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA. Electronic address: ueli.rutishauser@cshs.org.

Abstract

A recent single-neuron study revealed an anatomical anterior-to-posterior gradient of awareness-related responses by 'concept neurons' in the human medial temporal lobe (MTL). Delayed and weaker responses were indicative of the failure of a stimulus to reach awareness, suggesting that reliable fast responses are a critical aspect of the neural mechanisms of consciousness.

KEYWORDS:

amygdala; hippocampus; medial temporal lobe

PMID:
29100736
PMCID:
PMC5742067
[Available on 2019-01-01]
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2017.10.005

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