A Pioneering Neuroscientist Reports from ‘the Border of Life and Death’

August 23, 2017

(New York Times) – In Owen’s chronicle of these cases, “Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death,” he describes what happened next. In an initial examination Jeff indeed seemed dead to the world, failing to respond to simple commands to look in the mirror or stick out your tongue. When an object was moved in front of his face, he was barely able to track it with his eyes. But when Jeff was put into a scanner — an fMRI machine (for functional magnetic resonance imaging) — and shown a short Alfred Hitchcock film, “Bang! You’re Dead,” parts of his brain lit up.

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