Using brain stimulation to disentangle neural correlates of conscious vision

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Abstract

Research into the neural correlates of consciousness (NCCs) has blossomed, due to the advent of new and increasingly sophisticated brain research tools. Neuroimaging has uncovered a variety of brain processes that relate to conscious perception, obtained in a range of experimental paradigms. But methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging or electroencephalography do not always afford inference on the functional role these brain processes play in conscious vision. Such empirical NCCs could reflect neural prerequisites, neural consequences, or neural substrates of a conscious experience. Here, we take a closer look at the use of non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques in this context. We discuss and review how NIBS methodology can enlighten our understanding of brain mechanisms underlying conscious vision by disentangling the empirical NCCs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1019
Number of pages13
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2014

Keywords

  • BINOCULAR-RIVALRY
  • COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
  • EARLY VISUAL-CORTEX
  • FRONTAL EYE FIELD
  • HUMAN MOTOR CORTEX
  • HUMAN OCCIPITAL CORTEX
  • NCC
  • NIBS
  • POSTERIOR PARIETAL CORTEX
  • PREFRONTAL CORTEX
  • SPATIAL ATTENTION
  • TES
  • TMS
  • TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION
  • consciousness
  • tDCS
  • visual awareness

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