Consciousness: from theory to practice May 20, 2014
Dr. Tononi, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist, will discuss the integrated information theory (IIT), a comprehensive theory of what consciousness is, what determines its quantity and quality, and how it emerges from causal structures such as neural networks. The theory provides a parsimonious account of many neuropsychological observations, among them why certain parts of the brain give rise to experience and others do not, why consciousness vanishes during slow wave sleep and seizures despite continuing neural activity, and how unconscious processes interact with conscious ones. Dr. Tononi will present a newly developed TMS/hdEEG approach (transcranial magnetic stimulation combined with high density electroencephalography) to obtain a practical, bed-side “consciousness-meter” that is i) theoretically motivated, ii) does not require communication with the patient, iii) has been validated in several conditions in which consciousness is substantially altered. Finally, he will discuss the implications of IIT for the unfolding of consciousness across development and phylogeny, and to predict which ingredients are necessary and sufficient to construct sentient machines.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Academy of Medicine. The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physicians of all medical specialties.
At the end of this lecture participants will have learned about the neural substrates of consciousness, its pathological alterations, and new ways of assessing the level of consciousness at the bedside.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 1.00 Hours of ParticipationHours of Participation credit.