Project LUMINOUS – Studying, Measuring and Altering Consciousness through information theory in the electrical brain -…

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Acronym:
LUMINOUS
Title:
Studying, Measuring and Altering Consciousness through information theory in the electrical brain - LUMINOUS ("action")
Duration:
01/03/2016 to 31/08/2019
Abstract / short description:
What is consciousness? Can it be measured? Inspired by recent developments in neuroscience and the potential role of fundamental concepts such as information integration and algorithmic complexity, we will study, model, quantify, and alter observable aspects of consciousness. Supported by computational neuroscience models, we aim to create non-invasive consciousness-probing technologies integrating electro- and magneto-encephalography, peripheral and non-invasive electromagnetic brain stimulation (NIBS) with advanced techniques to analyse brain activity – including functional and effective connectivity. To achieve these goals we will pursue computational neuroscience models and parallel human studies – in sleep, anaesthesia, locked-in syndrome, disorders of consciousness, and in utero – supported by machine learning to disentangle the essential aspects of consciousness and establish links with artificial cognition research. The project will also explore the ethical implications of such technologies and the prospects for clinical translation.
Keywords:
non-invasive brain stimulation
consciousness
ALS
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Amyotrophe Lateralsklerose
BCI
Brain-Computer-Interface, Gehirn-Computer-Interface
information theory
completely locked-in syndrome

Involved staff

Managers

Faculty of Medicine
University of Tübingen

Contact persons

Faculty of Medicine
University of Tübingen
Pharmaceutical Institute
Department of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, Faculty of Science

Local organizational units

Institute of Medical Psychology
Non-clinical institutes
Faculty of Medicine

Funders

Brüssel, Belgium
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