A Possible Role for Cholinergic Neurons of the Basal Forebrain and Pontomesencephalon in Consciousness

@article{Woolf1997APR,
  title={A Possible Role for Cholinergic Neurons of the Basal Forebrain and Pontomesencephalon in Consciousness},
  author={Nancy J. Woolf},
  journal={Consciousness and Cognition},
  year={1997},
  volume={6},
  pages={574-596}
}
Excitation at widely dispersed loci in the cerebral cortex may represent a neural correlate of consciousness. Accordingly, each unique combination of excited neurons would determine the content of a conscious moment. This conceptualization would be strengthened if we could identify what orchestrates the various combinations of excited neurons. In the present paper, cholinergic afferents to the cerebral cortex are hypothesized to enhance activity at specific cortical circuits and determine the… CONTINUE READING

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