The Search for Consciousness
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In recent years, rapid technological developments in the field of neuroimaging have provided new methods for assessing residual cognition, detecting consciousness, and even communicating with patients who clinically appear to be in a vegetative state. Here, I highlight some of the major implications of these developments, discuss their scientific, clinical, legal, and ethical relevance, and make my own recommendations for future directions in this field. In this NeuroView, Owen highlights some of the major implications of technological developments in neuroimaging, discusses their scientific, clinical, legal, and ethical relevance, and makes recommendations for future directions in this field.