Now Playing Tracks

themsyndrome:

sixpenceee:

As someone who wants to study the human consciousness I found this very interesting.

Scott Routley was a “vegetable”. A car accident seriously injured both sides of his brain, and for 12 years, he was completely unresponsive.

Unable to speak or track people with his eyes, it seemed that Routley was unaware of his surroundings, and doctors assumed he was lost in limbo. They were wrong.

In 2012, Professor Adrian Owen decided to run tests on comatose patients like Scott Routley. Curious if some “vegetables” were actually conscious, Owen put Routley in an fMRI and told him to imagine walking through his home. Suddenly, the brain scan showed activity. Routley not only heard Owen, he was responding.

Next, the two worked out a code. Owen asked a series of “yes or no” questions, and if the answer was “yes,” Routley thought about walking around his house. If the answer was “no,” Routley thought about playing tennis.

These different actions showed activity different parts of the brain. Owen started off with easy questions like, “Is the sky blue?” However, they changed medical science when Owen asked, “Are you in pain?” and Routley answered, “No.” It was the first time a comatose patient with serious brain damage had let doctors know about his condition.

While Scott Routley is still trapped in his body, he finally has a way to reach out to the people around him. This finding has huge implications.

SOURCE


Saying that he talks is a bit misleading, but still, this is huge.

pregnantmales:

why wasnt i a part of this

IM STILL LAUGHING OVER THIS IT’S BEEN A DAY

what is this even from

THE PINK ONE IS SO INTO IT

WHAT IS THI S OMFG

but the real question is where can i watch this

this post gets me through everything

I 100% laughed out loud and woke up my cats.

oh come one that blue ones not even tryign

the orange one isn’t even doing it right

the brown one before the pink one on the left omg I am crying

(Source: komaedakouhai)

To Tumblr, Love Pixel Union