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Decoding consciousness

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Accurate prediction of an individual’s conscious experience based only on measurements of their brain activity would provide strong evidence for a close link between brain and mind. Recent empirical and methodological advances in such ‘brain reading’ have yielded promising findings. Conscious perception of both simple features and complex object categories can be predicted from characteristic, distributed activity patterns in human visual cortex. Furthermore, feature-selective processing can also be demonstrated for stimuli of which the subject is completely unaware. This talk will review recent empirical work from our laboratory and consider how it contributes to revealing the way in which individual perceptual experiences are encoded in the human brain.

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