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Cognitive processing and awareness at the lower boundaries of consciousness: Insights from the vegetative and minimally conscious states

What is consciousness? This may seem to be a purely philosophical question, yet it is at the center of one of the least understood conditions of the human brain: the Vegetative State. This term describes patients who, following severe brain injury, awaken from a state of coma but show no sign of awareness. For some patients, this dissociation of the two cardinal components of consciousness