Neural correlates of consciousness: progress and problems

  title={Neural correlates of consciousness: progress and problems},
  author={Christof Koch and Marcello Massimini and M{\'e}lanie Boly and Giulio Tononi},
  journal={Nature Reviews Neuroscience},
There have been a number of advances in the search for the neural correlates of consciousness — the minimum neural mechanisms sufficient for any one specific conscious percept. In this Review, we describe recent findings showing that the anatomical neural correlates of consciousness are primarily localized to a posterior cortical hot zone that includes sensory areas, rather than to a fronto-parietal network involved in task monitoring and reporting. We also discuss some candidate… 
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