• minimally consc
  • Minimally conscious state" and "persistent vegetative state" are two categorizations that have attracted particular interest due to the difficulty inherent in their identification and diagnosis (Bernat, 2006). (ubc.ca)
  • In the case of patients in a minimally conscious state, there remains a certainty in their behavioural exhibition of sense of self and of the environment (Giacino et al. (ubc.ca)
  • Given adequate treatment the patient can survive for years and may recover towards the minimally conscious state or can gain complete recovery. (blogspot.com)
  • 5 The recent publication of detailed practical tests for detecting that a patient is in a minimally conscious state rather than vegetative should help to reduce the risk of misdiagnosis. (bmj.com)
  • Brain
  • The other is the limited range of voluntary responses available to severely brain damaged patients, which can make the detection of awareness difficult. (bmj.com)
  • The numerous examples of optical illusions, hallucinations and other tricks that the unconscious brain plays on the conscious brain provide ample evidence of the active role of the unconscious mind during data gathering and analysis. (wikipedia.org)
  • Several experiments have been performed to show that the unconscious brain is able to gather data at a much faster rate than the conscious brain and also that the unconscious brain filters out a great amount of information and can use this information to influence cognitive decision making processes. (wikipedia.org)
  • evidence
  • What attracts attention and curiosity is the dissociation between arousal and awareness-the combination of periods of wakeful eye opening with lack of any evidence of a working mind either receiving or projecting information. (bmj.com)
  • More important, however, is whether there is evidence of sufficient cortical integrity to indicate awareness-which is the crux of the definition. (bmj.com)
  • Whether blink to visual threat need imply limited cortical activity is debatable, but this response is not itself evidence of awareness. (bmj.com)
  • degree
  • Considering its relative rarity there is also, courtesy of the media, an unusual degree of public awareness of the condition. (bmj.com)
  • To establish the absence of the stimulus, the degree to which a critical stimulus reaches conscious awareness is assessed, by testing whether a subject can acknowledge or perceive the presence of the stimulus. (wikipedia.org)