The Brain and Consciousness, psychology homework help
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Can you please respond to this discussion...

1) The Brain and Consciousness

I've always felt that consciousness is a realm that lies outside the brain. For example, someone in a coma is not conscious, but their brain is still functioning and sending signals to the heart and lungs to continue functioning. I feel the same as when we sleep, we are not conscious but our brain is still functioning. This question really makes me wonder about the relationship between consciousness and our brains though. Without consciousness, I wouldn't be here typing this discussion response right now. But at the same time, I can still survive without consciousness.

2) Do you think consciousness is dependent on one key brain area? Or does

consciousness emerge from the interaction of the workings of our whole

brain?Do you think consciousness is dependent on one key brain area? Or does

consciousness emerge from the interaction of the workings of our whole

brain? For food for thought, see this New Scientist article https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329762-70...(which was

found and shared in by a previous student in this course). What brain

area are they talking about in the article? What role does it seem to

play in consciousness? Remember too, that one article isn't the final

word -- there are many other theories out there. If you come across a

different theory, share it with us!

This is due before Sunday Please :)

Final Answer

Kindly review. Thanks! Floyder

Theories of Consciousness
Consciousness is the ability of an individual to make sense and meaning of the world by
integrating information from multiple parts of the brain such as memory, visuals, color
identification, and perception. Complex sensory and information networks in the brain
coordinate to generate a unique conscious experience relating to a specific object or an event
(Thomson, H. (2014)). For example, when receive a gift on our birthday; our brain integrates
information about the quality of the gift, relationship with person, our own perceptions about our
birthday, and our memories to develop a unique conscious experience about this gift. Intelligence
represents a major function of consciousness as it allows a conscious brain to make inferences,
decisions, and differential choices. The difficult question, however, is that which part of the brain
is responsible for the coordination and integration of information networks within brain?
Many neuroscientists have been ...

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