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Consciousness as Integrated Information: a Provisional Manifesto
  • G. Tononi
  • Psychology
    The Biological Bulletin
  • 1 December 2008
The integrated information theory (IIT) starts from phenomenology and makes use of thought experiments to claim that consciousness is integrated information. Specifically: (i) the quantity of
Sleep function and synaptic homeostasis.
An information integration theory of consciousness
  • G. Tononi
  • Psychology, Biology
    BMC Neuroscience
  • 2 November 2004
TLDR
The information integration theory accounts, in a principled manner, for several neurobiological observations concerning consciousness, including the association of consciousness with certain neural systems rather than with others; the fact that neural processes underlying consciousness can influence or be influenced by neural processes that remain unconscious; the reduction of consciousness during dreamless sleep and generalized seizures.
From the Phenomenology to the Mechanisms of Consciousness: Integrated Information Theory 3.0
TLDR
Integrated Information Theory of consciousness 3.0 is presented, which incorporates several advances over previous formulations and arrives at an identity: an experience is a maximally irreducible conceptual structure (MICS, a constellation of concepts in qualia space), and the set of elements that generates it constitutes a complex.
The Sleep Slow Oscillation as a Traveling Wave
TLDR
It is shown here that each cycle of the slow oscillation is a traveling wave, which provides a blueprint of cortical excitability and connectivity and may play a role in spike timing-dependent synaptic plasticity during sleep.
Breakdown of Cortical Effective Connectivity During Sleep
TLDR
The fading of consciousness during certain stages of sleep may be related to a breakdown in cortical effective connectivity, as measured by transcranial magnetic stimulation and high-density electroencephalography.
The Human Connectome: A Structural Description of the Human Brain
TLDR
A research strategy to achieve the connection matrix of the human brain (the human “connectome”) is proposed, and its potential impact is discussed.
Correlates of sleep and waking in Drosophila melanogaster.
TLDR
Drosophila rest is characterized by an increased arousal threshold and is homeostatically regulated independently of the circadian clock, which implicate the catabolism of monoamines in the regulation of sleep and waking in the fly.
Local sleep and learning
TLDR
It is shown that sleep homeostasis indeed has a local component, which can be triggered by a learning task involving specific brain regions, and that the local increase in SWA after learning correlates with improved performance of the task after sleep.
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