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Instant Genius Podcast: Consciousness and comas, with Dr Adrian Owen

Published: 06th December, 2021 at 07:00
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Cognitive neuroscientist Dr Adrian Owen joins us on our podcasts, Instant Genius and Instant Genius Extra.

Instant Genius is a bite-sized masterclass in podcast form. In this week's episode, we talk to cognitive neuroscientist Dr Adrian Owen. He's the author of Into the Grey Zone: Exploring the Border Between Life and Death.


He explains how he’s been able to communicate with patients in vegetative states and comas, and what consciousness is like for a patient in this condition.

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And if that's not enough, you can hear even more from Adrian on Instant Genius Extra.

On this subscription-only show, available on Apple Podcasts, we take a deeper dive into the topics covered on Instant Genius. In this episode, Adrian explores whether his “mind-reading” technique might make it into more hospitals in the future. He also explains how the technology is evolving and how mind-machine interfaces could help these patients communicate with the wider world.

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