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New Apparatus Shows Brain Activity in Vegetative Patients

So a few days ago, a team of Canadian researchers made a breakthrough discovery. They used an electroencephalography (EEG) device to measure electrical activity in vegetative patients’ brains. Basically, the apparatus is attached to a patient’s head and scientists would measure brain activity in response to questions. For example, if a scientist were to ask a patient to move his arm, the region of the brain responsible for such bodily functions would light up. Although only about 20% of the patients revealed positive results, the breakthrough is tremendous. It is really hard to believe that some people who have been in vegetative states for years are actually conscious and fully aware of their surroundings.



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  1. November 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Hmm.. could this be used to help doctors communicate with patients in vegetative states? Perhaps… it could be turned into a musical instrument… When a patient attempts to move parts of their body, the brain activity will be detected by the computer to produce a note…


  2. November 14, 2011 at 3:47 am

    This is extremely interesting! It opens the door to so many different possibilities in terms of medical care and communication with vegetative patients, but it is still in the experimental stages. If you look at the last part of the article, it says that we don’t know what exactly is going on the the mental processes of brain-damaged person; granted, we don’t know entirely how a normal brain works either.

    I think this article calls into question what we actually know about the human brain, or the human body for that matter. I was talking to my biology professor about cellular communication two weeks ago and he offered the statistic that we (the scientific community) know 1% of 1% of how how cells exist. Whether the actual number are accurate or not is irrelevant, because what he meant was that we don’t know as much as we seem to know about biological life.

    The brain is probably the most mysterious of all the organs. With that in mind, I think it’s important to get a better understanding of how the brain works before we start taking what these EEGs tells us a complete truth.

  3. November 28, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Kingscrown7, there are so many statistics revolving around the brain and our knowledge of it. It is really quite overwhelming when you think about it. How can something so small (relatively) possess so much mystery? I think if we keep asking ourselves questions about the brain, we would probably end up in a deep philosophical discussion!

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