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Our awareness of ourselves and our environment.

Binocular rivalry

Alternation between seeing the pattern in the left retina and the pattern in the right retina

brain death

the brain shows no activity and no response to any stimulus


caused by trauma or damage to the brain, the brain shows a steady but low level of activity and no response to any stimulus

vegetative state

Respond to some stimuli (at least with changes in heart rate and breathing) but show no purposeful actions

minimally conscious state

condition of decreased brain activity with occasional, brief periods of purposeful actions and limited speech comprehension

phi effect

illusion of the light moving back and forth between the two locations

spatial neglect

a tendency to ignore the left side of the body, the left side of the world, or the left side of objects

deja vu experience

snese that an event is uncannily familiar

readiness potential

the increased motor cortex activity prior to the start of the movement

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