Understanding consciousness and its disorder

Understanding consciousness and its disorder

4:00 – 5:30 pm on 10th Dec., 2015 (Thur)
Social Sciences Chamber, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower
Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam

Conducted in English∣All are Welcomed
No registration is required

Following the approach described in his book Consciousness and the Brain, Professor Dehaene will show how a combination of visual illusions, subjective reports and advances in machine learning allow us to decode the time course of subliminal images in brain signals to identify the moment when conscious perception first emerges. Data from his laboratory show that conscious access relates to a global burst of late synchronized activity (a cortical “ignition”), distributed through cortical areas, and with strong inter-areal communication across distant cortical sites. Professor Dehaene will demonstrate applications of these signatures of consciousness to (1) track dual-task delays and attentional blink; (2) analyze resting-state activity in awake and anesthetized brains; (3) determine if patients recovering from coma have recovered or will recover consciousness.​
These studies may substantially advance our understanding on human consciousness, which is also a fundamental topic for Buddhist studies. Knowing these neuroscientific knowledge can be a compelling way to communicate insights gleaned from spiritual tradition.

About Professor Stanislas Dehaene
Stanislas Dehaene is a professor at the Collège de France, author, and director of INSERM Unit 562, “Cognitive Neuroimaging. He was awarded the brain prize (Europe) in 2014.

Jointly organized by
Centre of Buddhist Studies, HKU
HKU Science of Learning Strategic Research Theme

Enquiry 3917 5078∣hkucbs@hku.hk

Event ID:165

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