By Decoding Flickering Brain Signals, Scientists Envision a New Way to Detect Consciousness

February 6, 2019

(STAT News) – The search has profound implications for people caught in a state of in between. After a stroke, say, or a traumatic brain injury, it might be hard to tell if they’re awake or asleep. Their eyes are open. They might make unintelligible sounds. But the standard method for detecting consciousness in the clinic falls short, because these patients may well be aware of their surroundings even if they can’t talk or move in response to a doctor’s commands. Some 40 percent of them end up being misdiagnosed.

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