Claire Petitmengin

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« He was thinking, incidentally, that there was a moment or two in his epileptic condition almost before the fit itself, when suddenly amid the sadness, spiritual darkness and depression, his brain seemed to catch fire...his sensation of being alive and his awareness increased tenfold...his mind and heart were flooded by a dazzling light...culminating in a(More)
The purpose of this paper is to show through the concrete example of epileptic seizure anticipation how neuro-dynamic analysis (using new mathematical tools to detect the dynamic structure of the neuro-electric activity of the brain) and "pheno-dynamic" analysis (using new interview techniques to detect the pre-reflective dynamic micro-structure of the(More)
Analysis of electroencephalographic signals and several brain imaging studies suggest that a preictal state precedes the onset of seizures. In this study, we used phenomenological strategies to detect modifications in patients' experience before their seizures. We observed that patients with partial epilepsy feeling an aura (n=9) frequently experienced(More)
Seizures associated with toothbrushing have been reported in patients with precentral or postcentral partial epilepsy. Seizures precipitated by thinking have been described in patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy. We report a patient with intractable partial epilepsy in which seizures were induced both by toothbrushing, and by seeing or thinking(More)
The article by Froese, Gould and Seth is a survey rather than a commentary, dealing with the intertwined issues of the validity of firstperson reports and of their interest for a science of consciousness. While acknowledging that experiential research has already produced promising results, the authors find that it has not yet produced ‘killer experiments’(More)
INTRODUCTION Clinical, metabolic and electrophysiologic studies suggest the existence of a preictal state, a transition between the interictal state and seizure. STATE OF THE ART Analysis of the intracranial EEG by mathematical methods shows changes of the brain dynamics several minutes before the occurrence of partial seizures. These modifications can be(More)
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