Neuroscience of consciousness: cognition, physics and philosophy of decoding the human brain

Neurociencia de la conciencia: cognición, física y filosofía de la descodificación del cerebro humano


  • Berenika Maciejewicz Einstein Medical Institute, Department of Biomedical Engineering



neuroscience of consciousness, self-awareness, conscious awareness, consciousness, cognition


The biophysical roots of consciousness have been the subject of an ongoing debate for centuries. In order to understand the data, create novel experimental methodologies, and increase our ability to investigate this phenomenon of interest, the proposed theories must lead to empirical, repeatable, and testifiable studies. Contemporary theories of consciousness often do not relate to one another, and none of them has been distinguished as complete or proven empirically so far. The aim of this study is an investigation into some of the possible approaches that could merge neuronal brain activity with the laws of physics and some philosophical principles that may be associated with the emergence of consciousness in the first place. As a result, the relationship between consciousness and attention, working memory, access consciousness and phenomenal consciousness is evaluated. The contrast between conscious and unconscious perception, perceived visual inputs and subliminal ones is investigated to facilitate a discussion about the neural correlates of self-awareness. Consciousness as a global broadcast of information to integrated brain modules is being considered, as well as viewing a brain as a parallel information processor linked to attention inputs. Relationship between consciousness and attention is explored, as well as attention without consciousness and vice versa. Implications and shortcomings of the proposed approaches based on brain science, philosophy and quantum physics are also covered to shed some more light on this ever present experience of being conscious that everyone seems to self-witness but no one manages to adequately explain.  


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How to Cite

Maciejewicz, B. (2022). Neuroscience of consciousness: cognition, physics and philosophy of decoding the human brain: Neurociencia de la conciencia: cognición, física y filosofía de la descodificación del cerebro humano. Journal of Applied Cognitive Neuroscience, 3(2), e00274600.