Center for
Consciousness Science

The mechanisms and measurement of conscious experience are among the most fundamental questions in science, with profound philosophical and clinical implications.

However, for the greater part of the 20th century, consciousness was marginalized as unworthy of serious scientific inquiry. Fortunately, we are now past these “dark ages” with an established international community of consciousness researchers, but the field is still in its infancy.

Work in the Department of Anesthesiology, as well as collaborating departments at the University of Michigan Medical School, has resulted in significant advances in the science of consciousness that have been recognized internationally by the medical and scientific community as well as the general public. Given our dedication to the study of consciousness, as well as the paucity of centers around the world focused on this central question, in 2014 we developed the Center for Consciousness Science (CCS) at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Latest News

Dinesh Pal, PhD

Dinesh Pal, Ph.D., receives New Investigator Award from American Physiological Society

CCS researcher Dinesh Pal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology has received the American...
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June 16, 2021

CCS Scientific Director George Mashour publishes new paper in eLife that examines how the brain recovers from unconsciousness after anesthesia

Understanding how the brain recovers from unconsciousness can inform neurobiological theories of consciousness and guide clinical investigation.
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June 16, 2021

CCS faculty publish article in Cell Reports on the gate of consciousness

Conscious access to sensory information is likely gated at an intermediate site between primary sensory and transmodal association cortices, but the structure responsible remains unknown.
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April 30, 2021

Neuroscience of Consciousness Course Fall 2021

NEUROSCI 704 - Course Description: The nature and the neural basis of consciousness is a foundational question in neuroscience. As...
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CCS Faculty

We welcome faculty membership from all disciplines in the medical school as well as affiliate faculty members from relevant disciplines at the university and other institutions.