Comment on "Detecting Awareness in the Vegetative State"

@article{Nachev2007CommentO,
  title={Comment on "Detecting Awareness in the Vegetative State"},
  author={Parashkev Nachev and Masud Husain},
  journal={Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={315},
  pages={1221 - 1221}
}
In a report of a single patient in a persistent vegetative state, Owen et al. (Brevia, 8 September 2006, p. 1402) claimed that the presence of task-specific brain activation in response to verbal command implies both covert conscious awareness and a capacity for intention. We argue that neither can be securely inferred from the evidence presented. 
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Functional magnetic resonance imaging was used to demonstrate preserved conscious awareness in a patient fulfilling the criteria for a diagnosis of vegetative state and the patient activated predicted cortical areas in a manner indistinguishable from that of healthy volunteers.
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