[ExI] New Research Shows How Dopamine Plays a Key Role in Consciousness

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 14 00:11:48 UTC 2021

"In a study published
<https://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/118/30/e2026289118.full.pdf> in the
of the National Academies of Science*, we have now shown that conscious
brain activity seems to be linked to the brain’s “pleasure chemical

The fact that the neural mechanisms that underpin consciousness disorders
are difficult to characterize makes these conditions hard to diagnose and
treat. Brain imaging has established that a network of interconnected brain
regions, known as the default mode network, is involved
<https://www.jneurosci.org/content/jneuro/35/46/15254.full.pdf> in
self-awareness. This network has also been shown to be impaired in
anesthesia and after brain damage that causes disorders of consciousness.
Importantly, it seems to be crucial to conscious experience."

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