Integrated information theory: from consciousness to its physical substrate

  title={Integrated information theory: from consciousness to its physical substrate},
  author={Giulio Tononi and M{\'e}lanie Boly and Marcello Massimini and Christof Koch},
  journal={Nature Reviews Neuroscience},
In this Opinion article, we discuss how integrated information theory accounts for several aspects of the relationship between consciousness and the brain. Integrated information theory starts from the essential properties of phenomenal experience, from which it derives the requirements for the physical substrate of consciousness. It argues that the physical substrate of consciousness must be a maximum of intrinsic cause–effect power and provides a means to determine, in principle, the quality… CONTINUE READING
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