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 a scientific inquiry, it speaks to the existence of reality as we perceive it, and from a translational and therapeutic perspective, a fundamental understanding of the biological basis of consciousness has implications for disorders ranging…

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 Physiological Society (APS) Central Nervous System Section New Investigator Award. The award recognizes an outstanding young investigator who has made a meaningful contribution within the field. It was presented during the Experimental Biology 2021 Meeting.…

Four-year 1.4M grant award by NIH/NIGMS to PI Dr. Tony Hudetz to continue studying the neural mechanism by which general anesthetics modulate consciousness.

The overall goal of this research project is to investigate local neuronal mechanisms in the cerebral cortex associated with complex, natural sensory experience and to determine how general anesthetics may alter sensory-specific contents of consciousness. Our general hypothesis is that anesthetic modulation of consciousness is closely tied to the modification of specific spatiotemporal patterns of…

CCS faculty publish article on neural correlates of shamanic state of consciousness

Shamanic trance is an altered state of consciousness used by shamanic practitioners to glean information to be used for the physical, psychological, or spiritual healing of others. Despite shamanic practices dating back to the paleolithic era, few studies of this unique non-pharamacological state of consciousness have been conducted. In the largest study of shamanic practitioners…

Dr. Zirui Huang of the CCS publishes new high-profile article

Rest-task modulation of fMRI-derived global signal topography is mediated by transient coactivation patterns Recent resting-state fMRI studies have shown that the global signal exhibits a nonuniform spatial distribution across gray matter, but is this informative? This neuroimaging study reveals novel insights into the informative nature of global signal by rest-task modulation of the global signal…