In witnessing the brain’s ‘aha!’ moment, scientists shed light on biology of consciousness

Study in human participants lends insight into one of neuroscience’s greatest puzzles: How the brain transforms unconscious information into conscious thought which leads to innovations
Date: July 27, 2017
Source: The Zuckerman Institute at Columbia University

Scientists have identified the brain’s ‘aha!’ moment — that flash in time when you suddenly know the answer to a difficult question. Today’s findings in humans, combined with previous research, provide compelling evidence that this moment — this feeling of having decided — pierces consciousness when information being collected by the brain reaches a critical level. Importantly, this study offers new hope that the biological foundations of consciousness may well be within our grasp.

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