Anna Berti, Francesca Garbarini

Conscious Brain: a Neuropsychological Approach to the Study of Subjective Awareness

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Keywords: Neuropsychology, Brain-damaged Patients, Conscious Awareness, Blindsight, Neglect, Anosognosia for Hemiplegia, Somatoparaphreia, Embodiment.

Understanding the relationship between neural activity and subjective conscious experience is one of the most fascinating and challenging goals of modern neuroscience. In this contribute, we explored this topic, discussing neuropsychological disorders in which different aspects of conscious awareness can be selectively impaired. In particular, we focused on four syndromes, namely blindsight, neglect, anosognosia for hemiplegia and somatoparaphrenia, that represent truthful «models» for the study of visual, spatial, motor and body awareness, respectively. From this clinical evidence, a modular view of conscious awareness emerges.

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