While reading the research literature is a joy, sometimes it isn’t

“In this sense, enhanced connectivity of an essential node [e.g., in this study, as suggested by the previous analysis by Wühle et al. (17), the secondary somatosensory cortex, S2; for the issue of whether S1 is an essential node, see ref. 22] to brain structures, which render information consciously accessible, constitute predefined or privileged pathways along which neural information can propagate when confronted with an appropriate stimulus.”

I won’t tell you where this is from, but it’s but one horrible sentence among many. Even worse, the paper, is about something quite interesting — how much of the brain (and which parts) have to be activated before a barely perceptible stimulus is reported (e.g. when and where does consciousness begin).

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  • wins32767  On January 31, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Amusingly enough, as a non-scientist that’s probably the first excerpt from a paper that I haven’t had to really focus (and do a bunch of googling) to try to understand.

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