A growing understanding of consciousness could lead to innovative treatments for brain injuries and phobias. Nature explores how newly developed techniques for measuring brain activity are enabling scientists to refine their theories about what consciousness is, how it forms in the brain, and where the boundaries lie between being conscious and unconscious.
We tend to assume that our visual consciousness gives us a rich and detailed picture of the entire scene in front of us. The Conversation looks at research that shows with the discovery of a visual illusion the truth is actually very different.
Billions of neurons in your brain work together to generate a conscious experience — and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? In his TED Talk, Anil Seth explains that we’re all hallucinating all the time and when we agree about our hallucinations we call it “reality.”