The presence of consciousness in absence seizures

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This paper examines three respects in which the study of epileptic absence seizures promises to inform our understanding of consciousness. Firstly, it has the potential to bear on debates concerning the behavioural and cognitive functions associated with consciousness. Secondly, it has the potential to illuminate the relationship between background states (or 'levels') of consciousness and the contents of consciousness. Thirdly, it has the potential to bear on our understanding of the unity of consciousness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalBehavioural Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • absence seizures
  • background states of consciousness
  • Consciousness
  • contents of consciousness
  • neural correlates of consciousness
  • unity of consciousness

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