Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome

Steven Laureys, Mélanie Boly


Recent studies providing evidence for preserved awareness in some behaviorally unresponsive patients stress the need to improve diagnosis in patients with disorders of consciousness – and stress the possible dissociation between responsiveness and preserved consciousness. Because active paradigms can only bring information in the few cases where they return positive, a major effort is needed to setup ancillary markers evaluating the brain’s ability to generate consciousness without requiring the patients’ collaboration – in this context, research on neural correlates of consciousness and coma science progress hand in hand.


consciousness, responsiveness, neuroimaging paradigms

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.4449/aib.v150i2.1407


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