While watching Alfred Hitchcock, a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years exhibited similar brain patterns to healthy viewers, including parts of the brain involved in higher cognition and the processing of sensory information. The study "provides the best evidence to date that fMRI can be used to identify consciousness in vegetative patients" and that humans share a common neural code for similar conscious experiences.


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Dr Emilio Lizardo

Before you get too excited, fMRI can also be used to prove that dead fish have brain activity.