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Michael Egnor on Whether People in Comas Can Think


If you’re in a coma, can you still think? Some fascinating neuroscience research sheds light on the brain function of those in comas. Robert J. Marks and Dr. Michael Egnor discuss comas, brain function, and types of thought.

Show Notes

  • 00:29 | Introducing Dr. Michael Egnor, Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • 00:58 | Can you still think in a coma?
  • 01:14 | Definition of a coma
  • 03:00 | The research of Adrian Owen on comas
  • 08:52 | Detecting abstract thought in coma patients
  • 12:29 | Differentiating between abstract and concrete/perceptual thought
  • 14:21 | Ways of assessing brain function
  • 15:37 | Implications on the treatment of humans in comas

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Michael Egnor on Whether People in Comas Can Think