Thought translation, tennis and Turing tests in the vegetative state

J.F. Stins, S. Laureys

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    Abstract

    Brain damage can cause massive changes in consciousness levels. From a clinical and ethical point of view it is desirable to assess the level of residual consciousness in unresponsive patients. However, no direct measure of consciousness exists, so we run into the philosophical problem of other minds. Neurologists often make implicit use of a Turing test-like procedure in an attempt to gain access to damaged minds, by monitoring and interpreting neurobehavioral responses. New brain imaging techniques are now being developed that permit communication with unresponsive patients, using their brain signals as carriers of messages relating to their mental states. © The Author(s) 2009.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)361-370
    JournalPhenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
    Volume8
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    Thought translation, tennis and Turing tests in the vegetative state. / Stins, J.F.; Laureys, S.

    In: Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 3, 2009, p. 361-370.

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