Integrating the Science of Consciousness and Anesthesia
Topics:Unconscious States Processing
Keywords:science of consciousness; mechanisms of general anesthesia; consciousness and anesthesia
Deposited by:ASSC Eprints chair
Date of Issue:2006
Journal/Publication Title:Anesthesia and Analgesia
Abstract:The nature and mechanism of human consciousness is emerging as one of the most important scientific and philosophical questions of the 21st century. Disregarded as a subject of serious inquiry throughout most of the 20th century, it has now regained legitimacy as a scientific endeavor. The investigation of consciousness and mechanisms of general anesthesia have begun to converge. The present article provides an introduction to the study of consciousness, describes the neural correlates of consciousness that may be targets of general anesthetics, and suggests an integrated approach to the science of consciousness and anesthesia.