Coma Patients Might Feel Pleasure and Pain Like the Rest of Us

May 24, 2018

(Medical Xpress) – Recent developments in cognitive science provides empirical evidence that the unconscious brain is able to perform almost all the activities that we (wrongly) think are exclusive to conscious beings. This means that unconscious beings are not only cognitively active, but might also experience emotions—both positive and negative. The very idea that consciousness is not a requirement for feeling emotions opens up a minefield of questions for how best to treat unconscious people, like Jane, who despite their unconscious state might still feel pleasure and pain.

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