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Freeing a Locked-In Mind

Vegetative patients may soon be able to communicate with the outside world



FROM ADRIAN M. OWEN ET AL . IN SCIENCE, VOL. 313; SEPTEMBER 8, 2006, REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM AAAS

The patient opens her eyes, but they are unfocused. She is awake yet apparently unaware of anything going on in the hospital room around her. After the accident, she lies in her bed, unresponsive, day after day. What is she thinking?

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