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Imaging the Twilight Zone − General anesthesia and normal sleep affect brain in an amazingly similar way as consciousness fades


What happens in the brain when our conscious awareness of the surrounding world and of ourselves fades during general anesthesia and normal sleep? This fundamental question was studied with novel experimental designs and functional brain imaging by Finnish scientists. They succeeded in separating the specific changes related to consciousness from the more widespread overall effects, commonly misinterpreted as the neural correlates of consciousness. The effects of anesthesia and sleep on brain activity turned out to be surprisingly similar.

Music-induced Emotions Can Be Predicted from Brain Scans


Researchers at the University of Turku have discovered what type of neural mechanisms are the basis for emotional responses to music. Altogether 102 research subjects listened to music that evokes emotions while their brain function was scanned with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The study was carried out in the national PET Centre.

European Association of Neurosurgical Societies Ranks an Article Conducted at Turku as One of the Best in 2019–2020


The European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) has nominated an original innovative clinical research article conducted at the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital as one of the three best clinical papers of the years 2019–2020. The first author of the article, Specialising Medical Doctor Iftakher Hossain, was also selected for the 3rd position of the Aesculap EANS Research Prize 2020.